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Old 03-26-2013, 10:25 AM
 
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Hi! I am new to this forum and I am looking for some information on positions in the software quality assurance field. I am currently a software quality assurance analyst II (I know that this title has also been interchanged with sqa analyst, software tester, software engineer in test, software quality engineer) and I am looking for some answers to a few questions.

Here is some background on myself: I have been a SQA Analyst for the last 6.5 years. I am still a II but working to become a Senior level either this year or next (I am about 70-80% there with duties that I perform at my current job). I graduated with my Bachelor's in Computer Information Systems back in 2004 but it took me a few years to figure out that testing is what I wanted to do.

1. Is this a fairly popular position in the Seattle/Redmond/Bellevue/etc area?

2. If it is a popular position, should I be worried about finding an opening? And if it it not popular, should I look into moving into a Development position instead? I enjoy testing but would be willing to move into this type of work since it is closely related and earning my degree covered the basics of programming languages.

3. I have seen a lot of openings in the area for a Software Design Engineer in Test. From reading the descriptions, it appears that you must have software engineer experience and then become a tester. In my experience (at least where I am working currently) a lot of the developers wouldn't dream of being a tester (although again, I think they are closely related...since a good engineer should also unit test). SI this position (Software Design Engineer in Test) a good position to apply for or am I just way off here?

These were just some questions I wanted to throw out there. If there is another thread on this forum that discusses it, I would be glad to read about it in the interest of saving time.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:55 PM
 
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we don't have many SQA in the Eastside. WE only have SDET because in MS, they don't a lot manual testing. It's all about test automation. You can try SDET because I know one guy in Windows team, just run the same automation everyday and that's his job. In most case, you are expected to do code review(devs' code), write test cases, then the automation code, meeting and more meeting. When there is a code change, you then have to run your bvt automation.

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Old 03-26-2013, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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SDETs require coding skills - majority of the ones at MSFT have computer science degree, and can do C++ or C#. Maybe with entry level positions you can get away with not knowing either, but would be good to have some degree of coding skill set. Not sure what requirements are at other companies like Amazon, Nordstrom, etc. They may have lower requirements.

Regardless, just spam your resume to as many places as you can, you'll eventually get contacted by a recruiter who will be able to tell you what kind of positions you would be qualified for.
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:20 AM
 
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Thanks to everyone for the information. I actually have a Bachelors in Computer Information Systems (which some people consider different than a Computer Science degree and some consider the same...I guess it's all in who you talk to). I took programming classes including C++, Java and VB.net. I haven't technically "coded" in the working world but I do have to review code if and when I find defects. I currently run automation tests using QTP but I haven't coded in it yet.

I think your idea of spamming recruiters is a good idea because they will be able to help gauge where I would be a good fit.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:30 AM
 
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for MS, you have to do coding test on whiteboard even for a test position. Be prepare if they use you for interview.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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sounds like you may be better fit for IT/Ops type of position as opposed to engineering, something to consider.
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