Becoming a QA / Manual Test Engineer Road Map Step By Step

The Test Lead
5 min readJan 1, 2022

Let’s say you want a career change and want to get into the QA field, but where do you start? This article will cover:

  • What is the purpose of a QA/Manual Test Engineer?
  • Education
  • Software Testing Concepts
  • Testing Tools
  • SQL
  • Getting a QA Job
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What is the purpose of a QA/Manual Test Engineer?

The job of a QA/Manual Test Engineer is to make sure the quality of a product meets the requirements of the clients and customers. For example, the QA for social media website may be in charge of testing the login capabilities of the application. In the testing, they have to make sure the user can log in successfully with the correct credentials. They have to also make sure invalid credentials will not let the user login successfully.

Any problems that come up while testing should be tracked as a bug and then reported to be fixed. QAs successfully catching bugs as early as possible, can save some companies millions of dollars. Can you imagine how much revenue applications like Facebook and Instagram would lose if their users were not able to log in for a couple of days? This is why the job of a QA is so important!

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Traditionally, most QA engineers have at least a bachelor's degree in Computer Science related field or Business Management. However, as access to quality alternative education becomes more abundant, this is no longer a hard requirement for most companies.

For under $5k for most boot camps you can now get all of the training you will need for this role in a matter of a few months. This is a fraction of the price and time allocation of a traditional bachelor's degree. Some boot camps even help you get placement because they built up good relationships with some companies…



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