I'm wondering what experience most testers have. I started out in Tech Support, worked there for about 4 years, then moved on to the testing department, been here for 3 years. I have NO programming experience. I have started taking some programming classes. I'm just curious as to what most of you have, and if I am marketable with my current experience.
Started my working life as an Accountant, spent 2 years at that, then spent 2 years implementing Financial packages (Peoplesoft, et al) and fell into testing almost 12 years ago and have been here ever since - along the road picked up automation and that became my thing! but have since retired from automation and delegate to others - I miss getting down and dirty and scripting sometimes, especially when my scripters are faced with an issue and call on me for assistance.
Having some progamming behind you isn't a bad thing, it adds to your net worth as a tester and if you get the opportunity to dive into automation having some programming can be to your advantage. All the porgramming I learnt was on the job thru trial and error using SQA Robot (before Rational took over) and QA Partner.
Life should NOT be a trip to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an cool and well preserved body, but rather to skid in, chocolate in one hand, beer in the other, body wrecked, totally worn out and screaming WOO HOO what a ride!
I started out as a developer/programmer with my current company over 3 years ago. I got really tired of copying and pasting - templates have their disadvantages -- so I asked for something more challenging. I was moved to the QA department and have been there ever since. I don't do any automated testing, but manual testing and also create test plans and test cases. I also am involved in client satisfaction programs and quality management. I've been trying to get the higher ups to look into some automation testing, especially performance testing and load testing, but haven't had much luck. I still keep up with my programming/development skills but am only used as a backup when things are busy. I've also been trained in the instructional design department (storyboarding etc) so my resume is looking quite full at the moment. I think the more you know, the more marketable you will be, and the more valuable you will be as an employee.