QA, transferable skill set
I was reading Cies's posting, in which among other things he asked what other fields a QA person's skill set will transfer to, and I wanted to start a new thread devoted specifically to that question: what other fields DO our QA skills transfer to, if one wanted to try another career?
I've been in QA for 13 or 14 years (I haven't bothered to figure out the exact duration) and am in need of a change myself. My programming skills are weak (I've been fortunate to locate jobs which require almost exclusively manual testing), so I've never considered becoming a developer. What else would people consider? Project manager, tech support, tech writing, something else entirely off the wall?
Re: QA, transferable skill set
It really depends on which area, if any, you specialized in.
People with a history of automation with low-level languages could definitely move into some sort of development role, I would say.
People who specialize in security testing, and are good at their job, have a host of options open to them in networking fields, from cyber-security to network admins to networking consultants or infrastructure specialists.
People with a great deal of experience in the testing of web applications could, very well, be portable to a position as a web designer or something like that, while programming skills might be required in this case.
As for all around, I think that QA people would make good business analysts, systems analysts, process consultants, program managers, tech support, customer service.
Someone in QA could definitely make a good Tech Writer. However, tech writing also has a completely separate subset of skills. There are different writing techniques employed in order to shorten the length and complexity of technical information, apply specific context to the topic and have an understanding of writing methods such as simplified english, etc., which can make text easier to translate into other languages.
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