Anonymous Confessions from Programmers.
I used to believe that as a QA one does not need to know or have a programming background (as I was taught by ISTQB). I am an ISTQB certified tester and I feel ashamed for believing that after I started to learn programming.
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QA has only one requirement, which can be met even by monkeys: be a monkey.
If you know how to write code but are in QA, either become a developer or a manager, or even get a technical BA job instead. Companies now want "QA" to have developer level skills but want to pay them $30k under developer wages. It's a dead end.
Unfortunately QA tends to be staffed by developer washouts. Few people dream of a career in testing.
I had the same idea until I got my current job. We are doing mostly low level stuff (think firmware) and our QA could probably outcode a lot of devs. They are not there to click around furiously, but to automate the process. They even wrote a fucking emulator for some of our software.