Will manual testers be replaced by AI? (spoiler: Yes)

Will artificial intelligence replace qa testers?

Will artificial intelligence replace qa testers?

There is good news and there is bad news.

Let me start with bad news: AI (Artificial Intelligence) WILL replace software testers.

Let me continue with good news – the process (of replacement) will probably take a while and we’ll become jobless right before AI takes over humanity – the point when we are basically so screwed that it doesn’t matter if we are employed or not.

Let me elaborate.

The power of a manual tester is that he is a human with all CURRENT human advantages over the machine. For example,

  • we have creativity
  • we have drive for innovation
  • we have natural curiosity
  • we have unique abilities to learn new skills
  • we have intuitive/aesthetic FEEL about how things should work/look like

Those profound advantages is the reason why QA automation (at this point) cannot explore/learn/approach/test things the way we, humans, can.

For example, as a human:

  • you can test without specification
  • you can realize that checkout flow is confusing to users
  • you can feel that UI color combination is wrong

At this point, QA automation simply repeats what you program it to do, e.g., create new account or do a checkout. In other words, QA automation has NO intellect. That’s why current usage of QA automation is so limited and it’s so fragile – basically it breaks any time when it encounters any kind of unexpected obstacle, e.g., when programmer changes textfield id.

Complete replacement of manual testers will only happen when AI exceeds those unique qualities of human intellect and it’s allowed to apply those qualities in real life.

How soon will it happen? Nobody knows, but AI is still far away from being creative, innovative, proactive, curious, etc., – from being human-like.

Before AI takes over humanity, we, software testers, will still be needed and maybe even have some great times while constantly improving AI helps us be more productive and have more fun at work.

So, let’s enjoy it while we can and before it’s all over.

Is QA for everyone? Absolutely NOT!

QA Testing is not for everyoneQA Testing is a ticket to software industry. No so often you can get high-paying job after a quick training. Not so many professions provided so many people with a chance to change their lives for better. In a way, QA Testing is a ticket to American Dream.

But if it’s so simple, why cannot ANYONE do it?

Let me ask you this question? Is dancing simple? It’s not rocket science, right?

Dancing is simple, but it’s not easy. QA is also simple in some sense, because main principles, concepts and approaches are something that most of average people would understand.

But when it’s time to apply the knowledge, there comes a hard part.

QA is relatively simple to understand, but hard to do.

Employers don’t pay money for what’s in your head, for your theoretical understanding of something. They pay money for concrete results of your work.

You can be genius QA theoretician, but if your bug summaries and descriptions suck, your theoretical knowledge has zero value.

Anyone can dance, cook, write or invest like an amateur, but few can become professional dancers, chefs, writers or investors, because you have to have what it takes to become a professional in any of these areas.

The same is with QA. QA professional is not the one who simply understands stuff, QA professional is somebody who is ready to put hard work towards QA profession.

The most successful of my students who joined QATUTOR without software development or QA background are those who have achieved something already. That happens because people who achieve stuff on their own are hard workers. And if somebody was working hard at the financial firm or survived the perils of immigration process, he/she will likely work hard towards QA profession.

I also want to mention two other aspects:

Aspect 1: Some people just don’t get it (QA). When I was just starting to teach I had a new student – man in his 40s, very solid chess player, let’s call him John.

Having respect for the intellect that takes to be really good at chess, I expected that John will pick up QA with easy. To my surprise, he couldn’t get the simplest things that the whole class was going through with ease. It’s a mystery to me, but it’s a fact.

Aspect 2: Some people just don’t believe it, – “It’s impossible that you can take 2 month class and earn good money”. Thousands and thousands took 2 months QA class and are earning good money.

QA has changed lives of thousands to the better. It’s not a matter of faith, it’s a fact. And I’m proud that I can help so many people to achieve their dreams.

Software QA Testing – your ticket to software industry

QA Testing as ProfessionEverybody wants to work for a cool software company! You change the world, you are surrounded by smart people, you make a great living.

But how would you join a software company if you don’t know how to code or if you don’t have a degree in Computer Science?

Luckily there is a profession that gives people of different backgrounds a ticket to enter software industry.

This profession is called: Software QA Testing.

What is it? Basically, there are several stages of software development:

First we should come up with idea how software should look or work.
Second, we develop the code to implement that idea.
Third, we test software and fix bugs.
Fourth, we release the software to our customer(-s).

Not only QA Test Engineers test the code, they also work on improving software development process.

The great part is that solid QA Engineers come from different backgrounds: finance, law, science, economics – you name it. You don’t need to know coding or have Computer Science degree to test software.

But how is it possible? It’s because the core of manual QA Testing is about

1. Thinking and acting like a user
2. Attention to details
3. Desire to find problems in software or in software development process.

In order to get Junior QA job you’ll need to

1. Learn practical aspects of QA methodology
2. Write resume
3. Hunt for a job.

QATUTOR is practical interactive self-study course with teacher support that helps you to:

1. Learn all important aspects of manual QA testing (Black Box Testing)
2. Get practical skills in bug finding and reporting
3. Show you actual work experience from QA perspective
4. Effectively hunt for a job using QATUTOR job searching method

Since 2008, QATUTOR course was taken by thousands of students from every part of the world. So many of them are employed now – they changed their lives to the best and hence the world was changed to the best!

We believe so much in the power of QATUTOR course that we offer Immediate No Questions asked Refund within 7 days of sign up.

For 7 days, you’ll have full access to ALL QATUTOR materials and if you are not 100% satisfied, your money are refunded instantly after your request.

Junior QA makes 74000 in California. QATUTOR course with teacher support is only 98.95. What are you waiting for?