Software Development Vs Software Testing as a Career Option

After spending lot of time for collecting some good content and adding my four years of experience of Software Industry, I have started this blog post. I wonder there must be many college students who are always looking for the difference between software development and software testing to choose as a career option.  Are you also confused for a career option : Software Development vs Software testing? Here we will be checking the tasks you need to follow to choose a career option out of these two.

People should follow this post if they need to switch there job or start their career. So let’s start for career option between Software Development vs Software Testing.

So, here I am giving some points that should be considered while choosing your career option:

Your interest Option

This is the primary task that you need to do. Do self assessment and check what drives you. Software development requires good technical skills. While Testing requires the art of catching bugs and thinking of all the possible outcomes to call out for code flaws of developers :p

So, first thing is Evaluate you interest.

Job Scope as Software Developer:

The hierarchy in software development profile is like : Junior Software Developer -> Senior Software Developer -> Project Manager -> Senior Project Manager

The job profile goes from core technical role to Semi-technical profile. You need to learn project management skills in future. Or you can start your own start-up and cash your skills.

Job Scope as a Software Testing Engineer:

The hierarchy in software testing profile in is like: Junior Testing engineer -> Manual Tester -> Automation Testing Engineer -> Project Manager

Your role can differ if you start your career straight away in automation testing engineer. The job scope changes according to your automation code skills.

Your Skill Set

Make a note of your skill set and the future scope with the options available with your current skills set. For example, if you are good at python, then what kind of profile interests you: A python web developer, python software developer, python web scrappers, python data analyst or python testing engineers (basically the one who writes scripts in python).

What are you good at

Out of your skill set, now do a scoring of your skills. What you are good at. There must be at least one such good skill wherein you can rate yourself 7 or 8 out 10. Then again check, you want coding or analysis stuff in your future. Though in future, you may also need to do coding in testing profile 😀

Your Capability

At the end check, what you can actually do. It is the most important phase, no matter what you want to do, but if you haven’t evaluated yourself or your skills. There can’t be any chances of growth then. So, check capability whether you are good at coding or not. If not go for software testing else go for software development profile.

Three Major Steps:

Listen yourself

Do Self Assessment

Learn and Grow

Look for opportunities

Be happy with what you have but don’t let the hunger for improvement die in you

Smile and live happily 🙂