For software quality-assurance testers and engineers, acquiring new skills has never been more important. While the number of software QA jobs is expected to grow over the next decade by a modest—if “faster than average”—7%, according to the O*NET career portal, that growth will not match the skyrocketing demand for information-security practitioners and software developers.
Moreover, during a downturn—such as the current, pandemic-prompted unemployment situation—software QA testing engineers face more significant headwinds, according to jobs site Indeed.com. Application-security postings on the site sank about 9% in September 2020 compared to the prior year, but quality-assurance postings declined by more than 18%, according to data provided to TechBeacon.
Those trends, along with the growing importance of security testing in software development, suggest that application and automation test specialists should increase their application-security knowledge, said Joe Colantonio, the founder of TestGuild and Guild conferences, which focus on specific QA disciplines, including security and test automation.
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