It is not spectacular news that the technology field and the IT business are very productive and in growing day by day. From new software that is designed to make our lives easier and better, to applications that not only offer us an entire world of possibilities within our immediate reach, but also make sure everything we use works properly (from physical machines to Internet connections), to making sure everything that is IT related, the visible and the invisible run smoothly.
But this looks like being something very complicated, as although many of our friends and even family members call themselves “programmers”, “coders”, “testers” or “bug hunters”, the only thing we can imagine about them is that they sit all day in front of their computers and do… whatever is that they do.
So if you’d like to pride yourselves with your partners, brothers and sisters, family members or friends, or when you want to truly understand what they are talking about, see if you can’t find some clarifications in the following.
He is the detective of software running, functions, applicability, efficiency and compatibility. Testers use various tools of investigating whether a program previously designed by a developer meets the required criteria, work properly, satisfies the needs of the market for which it was destined and is compatible with other existing software.
Testers’ tools are also software programs designed to do their job according to a very specific set of requirements: they have source test tools, functional test tools, performance test tools, security test tools and so on. If you are interested in testing tools for programs such as APIs, HTML test tools, database test tools that are used by professionals, you can read more on specialized websites and talking to experts. The guys from Lifehacker also have some interesting tutorials for people wanting to become themselves programmers or testers, and basic knowledge is mandatory if wanting to pursue a career in this field.
Understanding what everybody else is talking about when speaking of programs, bugs and the IT world is one thing and it is, undoubtedly, useful. But we mentioned before that this industry is rising and promising, so let’s also take a look over some possible career opportunities.
Is there room for more?
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is very clear on the job outcome for software developers: “employment of software developers is projected to grow 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. The main reason for the rapid growth is a large increase in the demand for computer software”. These statistics are not far from the truth, as modern times witness a growth in having available newer and newer programs to run in order to perform better in any area of our lives.