I really wonder what's in store for functional QA. Normally engineers who don't have much interest in coding get into QA as a functional tester. But down the line is this enough? Can they grow in their career with this expertise?
I work at a large company that has testing function in each geography, while the HQ is in the US (part of this is managing virtual teams). The research I'm looking into is whether or not it is beneficial to create a centralized testing team (separate from QM/QA - this testing is completed by the cross-funtional business end-users) at the HQ that would provide status updates/metrics to the cross-funtional business end-users.
What daily tasks do you perform as a software tester? Does your work include writing test plans, bug reports and automated scripts, communicating with developers, manual testing and analyzing automated tool results?
I've done a little research and came up with two links that offer some insight in this $34B industry!
http://www.thinksys.com/blog/software-testing-trends-that-will-rock-2016/, which says that "the role of Automation is to support the testers and not to replace them. " That article also states that "Nelson Hall predicts that by 2017, the software testing market size will be $34 Billion." And https://www.quora.com/What-is-latest-technology-trends-in-Software-testing, which mentions: "Independent Software testing (trending): With increased focus on QA, many businesses are relying on specialist QA organizations to provide testing services. This is largely due to the expertise that specialist QA organizations bring to the table, including TCoE capability. Hence partnering with them helps the business to circumvent the pain of finding skilled QA resources and setting up a mature QA, both in terms of process and technology."