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Career change from Java Developer to QA

 
resh singh
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Dear Friends,

I am in strange situation these days and need some advice to make decision.

I have been working in Java field from last 5 years and quit my Job 6 months ago due to family reasons and now again looking for job, recently I received an offer for Java Developer but the payrate was too low compare to my earlier position that I had to decline the job. Also I am not able to clear any Senior level position interview so far.

And now I am in confused state and wondering If I could ever make myself progressive in the Java field because I hardly get time to upgrade myself with new technologies and feels lagging behind the crowd, whereas I feel I can be more successful in QA field.

Please advice will it be wise decision to switch to QA with lesser jobs in the market and lesser salary OR continue in Java with lot of stress(Not sure how much stress will be in QA) and being behind the race.


Thank You,
Resh
 
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I'm not sure about your environment, but here in the U.S. a QA engineer with development skills is a rare, and sought-after, beast -- mostly because people with dev skills would rather be developing.

If you are genuinely interested in such a path, it could not hurt to make inquiries in that direction to see if such skills are sought after where you are.



 
resh singh
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Thanks for your reply, I am in US, southern California.
If I choose a path to QA what are the technical skills I should brush up as for QA Engineer.
 
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QA isn't easier. It's a different way or thinking and different toolset, but still has stress.

As far as tools go, there are two main categories of tools: playback/record and scripting tools. I would recommend learning one from each category.

For questions as you learn about Testing and basic QA, you can ask in our Testing forum. For anything complex,
I recommend this SQA forum for your QA questions.
 
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Hello Everyone,

I have been applying for QA positions from last 2 weeks but unable to get any lead so far, I am getting initial calls but when it comes to QA experience (that I don't have much) it doesn't get any further. I see some Junior QA roles but those are really low paid.

Any advice.

Thanks,
Resh
 
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Resh,
Aren't you a Junior QA person though? It sounds like you don't have any or much experience in that arena.
 
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from salary prospective is USA developers earn much more than QA well for all fields of computer engineers careers and average salaries check http://thekapils.com/2012/08/15/job-profiles-and-average-salaries-for-h1b-visa-holders/
 
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