What are the challenges/opportunities for software testing professionals in coming future?

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One of the major challenges in my opinion is staying as current as possible. The technology changes much faster that it did decades ago. What is current today could be obsolete in a matter of a year or two. The opportunities will change based on the direction of the industry. With technology in the security area being a big part of it.

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  • Jaideep Khanduja
    Practice, practice, and practice. These are the only three rules in software development. But when it comes to software testing, one needs to be clear whether manual testing or testing in an automated environment using some automation tools.

    Key challenges are to be updated about what is happening in testing world. Especially when there is a gap. Any gap brings cracks in your professional flow. It is very important to keep it cemented and refurbish it from time to time.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    I'm not sure what gaps you're referring to but the other folks that have commented are right. You have to stay current and practice over and over again. Software testing is a broad category. There is quality assurance, penetration testing, source code analysis and so on. What is it that you want to do?
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  • Matt Heusser
    The biggest challenge I see right now is the industry is _obsessed_ with the devops/automation/coding/tools while the fix is often individuals, interactions, process and skills. So to get in the door you need to do a song and dance and say what people want to hear, but to be effective you'd do something else entirely.

    The weasel way is to be a contractor for six months at a time, and leave a bunch of failed projects (but "good stories") in your wake. Honestly, a fair part of my work is cleaning up after that sort of thing. Testers change roles and companies so frequently that our industry has a bit of a "peter pan" syndrome.

    I hope that helps. In your shoes, I would look seriously into helping companies build testable Oracle Stored procedures in PL/SQL, combined with exposing those as API's and testing the API's. That could be a powerful and marketing combination. Good luck!
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