Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Software Engineering Division
Software testing requires good processes and tools and, more importantly, good human resources. However, the number of software engineering students, who are planning to take up the testing career appears to be significantly smaller. That has been causing inadequacy in quality of software testing, which requires serious attention.
Towards that, the paper analyzes reasons for the apathy of software engineering students towards testing careers by administering a survey to senior students of a software engineering program of a leading Canadian university. The survey helped us to understand the percentage of software engineering students, who want to take up testing careers, and pros and cons, thereof. Out of the 118 students, who were enrolled in the program, eighty-five students took the survey. Of the eighty-five, only eight (9%) were willing to take up the testing career, twenty-six (31%) responded vehemently with ‘Certainly No’, twenty-three (27%) said plain ‘No’, and remaining twenty-eight (33%) were ambivalent. We found ‘more jobs’ as the most voted pro and ‘tediousness’ as the most voted con for taking up testing careers. The paper also includes the result of a survey of about twenty Canadian testing professionals, chosen randomly. We found that twenty-five percent professionals preferring, forty-five percent not preferring, and thirty percent professionals indicating ambivalence about testing careers. The most voted pro was ‘important job’, and the most voted con was ‘lack creativity and challenges’.
We believe that the study will help to make appropriate curricular changes and to project the testing profession in a right perspective, and increase the number of engineers choosing the profession. That could result in better quality of testing and improvement in the overall productivity and turnaround time of software projects. We also plan to compare results of this study with an earlier study that was carried out in India.
Waychal, P. K., & Capretz, L. F., & Pardeshi, S. N. (2018, June), Analyzing Popularity of Software Testing Careers in Canada Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29802
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