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Analyzing Popularity of Software Testing Careers in Canada

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Software Engineering Division Technical Session 1

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Software Engineering Division

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Pradeep Kashinath Waychal Western Michigan University Orcid 16x16

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Dr Pradeep Waychal is a visiting professor at the CRICPE of Western Michigan University, a founder trustee of Guruji Education Foundation that provides holistic support to the higher education of underprivileged students, and an academic adviser to many Indian educational institutes. Earlier, Dr Waychal has worked at Patni Computer Systems for 20 years in various positions including the head of innovations, NMIMS as the director Shirpur campus, and at College of Engineering Pune (COEP) as the founder head of the innovation Center.

Dr Waychal earned his Ph D in the area of developing Innovation Competencies in Information System Organizations from IIT Bombay and M Tech in Control Engineering from IIT Delhi. He has presented keynote / invited talks in many high profile international conferences and has published papers in peer-reviewed journals. He / his teams have won awards in Engineering Education, Innovation, Six Sigma, and Knowledge Management at international events. His current research interests are engineering education, software engineering, and developing innovative entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. He was chosen as one of the five outstanding engineering educators by IUCEE (Indo-universal consortium of engineering education) in 2017.

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Luiz Fernando Capretz P.E. Western University Orcid 16x16

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LUIZ FERNANDO CAPRETZ is a professor of software engineering and assistant dean (IT & e-Learning) at Western University in Canada, where he also directed a fully accredited software engineering program. He has vast experience in the engineering of software and is a licensed professional engineer in Ontario. Contact him at or via

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Sachin Narendra Pardeshi R.C.Patel Institute of Technology, Shirpur Orcid 16x16

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Mr. Sachin N. Pardeshi is a Assistant Professor in the Computer Engineering Department at R.C.Patel Institute of Technlogy,Shirpur,India.He has 8 years Teaching Experience and 2 Years Industry Experience. He has done ME in Computer Engineering. He has 2 years industry experience in Software Testing. He has done ISTQB-FL and Agile certifications.He is authour of 2 books, published by International Publication.

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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. 10.18260/1-2--29802

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