In the current world, almost all business sectors – be it Education, Banking or Healthcare – have started to provide digital services, either fully or partially. With the growing competition for developing products and providing services online, there is a dearth for highly skilled professionals who would help ensure that these digital services and products are functioning properly, to provide a high-quality end-user experience. Whenever we mention quality, invariably we are discussing the importance of Testing / QA.
Manual Testing professionals employ a variety of methods to ensure that a programme or application is functioning properly. Some examples are, Black box manual testing: to ensure if the product is working like it’s supposed to. Grey box manual testing: to ensure that the various parts of the product architecture work like they’re supposed to. White Box testing: to write software to test small units of code or an API. Performance testing: Using an existing framework, write software that measures performance to identify the limits of a product. There are several techniques and methods in manual testing, which would be used to suit the programme or application that is tested.
Over the last decade, the profile of Software Manual Tester has undergone tremendous changes. Testing has become a show-stopper for several application/product implementations. Many businesses have realized the importance of Structured Testing of applications before release. This has created several levels and types and specialization in testing, which in turn has increased the intrinsic value of a software tester.
Some of the well-known profiles for professionals of Manual Testing are QA Engineer, Test Engineer, Software Engineer in Test, Test Analyst, Senior Test Engineer, Validation Engineer, QA and Test Engineer, QA Analyst, Sr. QA Analyst, QA Team Coordinator, Test Manager.
Salary packages for skilled professionals are attractive in this field. Freshers can expect a salary between INR 3,00,000 to 4,50,000 annually. Skilled professionals with a few years of experience can expect an annual salary between INR 6,00,000 to 8,00,000. Salary packages depend on several factors like location, qualification, skill-set and experience. Today, experienced and successful QA professionals are well-positioned not only to manage the QA testing process, but also to tackle new career challenges, from customer experience to product management to enterprise architecture.