Demand for software QA experts is high and seems to be growing. SQDM share TechTarget’s article on demand for QA jobs.
Are software QA jobs in heavy demand? It’s honestly hard to tell. In recent years, the advent of mobile applications has overwhelmed existing QA departments and software development budgets. QA testing may have been skipped completely because there is simply too much to cover. Customers end up holding the defect bag, and many have not been happy about it. Also, for many companies, their attempts at automating test cases using GUI interface products has left a sour aftertaste due to their fragile nature and need for constant maintenance.
In the past year or two, there’s been a shift in software QA jobs. Many software application development shops are hiring manual testers to supplement their automated testing. Manual testers are in demand, but automation coding skills are also becoming more crucial. Perhaps it’s the Agile momentum where collaborative work styles are merging QA and development work? Many teams realize automation development is more efficiently done by people who can code. It may also be as simple as companies wanting to do more with less and this is one way to accomplish that goal.
I’ve noticed a trend as well where customer groups are hiring more manual testers than the software vendors. Personally, I’ve found myself on the software vendor end outnumbered 9 to 1. I’m certain that’s a reflection on quality and trust, or it may be the reality of customers not being able to get enough end users to test deep enough, and do their “real” job, before a product is accepted. I like it. It’s a great idea, especially in industries with heavy regulatory testing requirements or complex integrated messaging systems. The QA profession is in the midst of a resurgence. It’s a good thing, all around, enjoy those software QA jobs and prosper.
SQDM has significant experience within its QA Service portfolio, with testing projects tailored for companies such as Cafam, Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogotá-ETB and Corficolombiana.