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Hello,I am working as a Manual tester and now i want to move on automation testing.tell me about career in automation testing .
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career in automation test have bright career, if you get some experience then you will get good package. you will get good job in any MNC company. so friend you can expert in this field then you will get it lots of opportunity.
A very interesting question and also a big thank you for letting me update my knowledge in this field too.
As you have rightly said, Automation testing is a process whereby software is used to perform the testing which was earlier manually done and it is the need of the hour.
Automation Testing is an automated way to perform software testing. Automation can be done for all types of testing i.e. Functional, Usability, Sanity, Smoke, etc. The career of automation testing is growing day by day not because of it is reducing the human effort. It is growing day by day because of its demands and why it is in demand? Because it allows the tester to do more stuff while automation is performing all predefined tests.
To support automation there are lot of tools available in market some of them are commercial and some of them are open source. Commercial means you have to pay if you are going to use those tool and Open Source means no payment required to use these tools. Popular automation tools are Test Complete, UFT (Formaly knows as QTP), RFT, Ranorex, Sahi, AutoIt, Selenium, Robotium, etc.
If you are still confused to decide between commercial & open source then leave your confusion to side of the topic because tool selection is completely depend upon your current skill set and how are you going to enhance your skill for automation tool. Skill set is programming skills. If you are going to use open source tool then you must require to learn or utilize good programming skill but if you are going to use commercial tool there is less programming compare to open source tool. So you can decide the option as per your current programming skill or are you ready ehance your programming skill?
Database knowledge is also important for automation testing. You must have a doubt in your mind, why database? It is just because to store your test data. Most of the companies and automation tester are using Excel for this purpose but now the tradition has been changed and they are also moving to database storage for test data storage. You can choose any of DB with it supporting language i.e. MS SQL, MySQL, SQL Lite, MongoDB, etc.
Apart from tool, programming language, test data, storage, database there is one more thing which plays a important role in automation testing career is testing concepts/methodologies. These are required because if you have no idea about testing concepts/methodologies then how you can say that the automation script is written by you have all test coverage.
In most of the company automation tester are working on the test data/cases written by manual testers but where exploratory testing or ad-hoc testing has an important role in testing, there is very less chance to availability of test data/cases. So it most important to have understanding of Testing concepts/methodologies.
At last, to build a better career in automation testing you must have following:1. Good understanding of Testing concepts/methodologies.2. Knowledge of a programming language.3. Tool selection based on programming skill.4. Knowledge of Database.
Hope this helps.
Wish you good luck............
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