No Bachelor’s Degree? STARs Are Welcome In Software Testing

Software testing as a career offers great job satisfaction and excellent pay, and it is one of the most in-demand jobs in the United States. It is a welcoming career for STARs – those Skilled Through Alternative Routes – rather than a college bachelor’s degree.

ISTQB LogoThe American Software Testing Qualifications Board, ASTQB, is the official United States county board for ISTQB Software Testing Certification. We offer a software testing career path that will help you to obtain the knowledge and skills you need to get a job as a software quality analyst or software tester. Then you can continue to grow your career in any of the roles of those who support software quality.

U.S. employers want testers with ISTQB certification. See some well-known companies requesting ISTQB certification in their U.S. software tester job postings.

Many U.S. employers do not require a college degree if you have ISTQB certification and other alternatives such as experience. Here is the current listing on Indeed for job postings asking for ISTQB certification. You’ll see that many do not require a bachelor’s degree, making them perfect for both STARs as well as college graduates.

Logo of the Official US List of Certified TestersLet ASTQB help promote you to U.S. employers when you get your ISTQB certification. Only ASTQB & our ISTQB exam provider AT*SQA add you to the Official U.S. List of Certified Software Testers™ that we promote to employers millions of times per year. In addition, only ASTQB and AT*SQA can give you points toward your Testing Tiers™ software tester ranking that raises your profile with employers. Plus we’ll add you to the ISTQB Successful Candidate Register.

Why is ISTQB certification so helpful for STARs? Among software testers who responded to our survey:

  • 92% of the ISTQB-certified software testers felt that certification helps to demonstrate professional competency.
  • 92% also felt that certification aids in gaining professional recognition.
  • As noted above, hundreds of job postings can be found on U.S. job boards requesting ISTQB/ASTQB certification.

In the TechTarget article, “How Software Testing Certifications Can Boost Your Career”, they note that employers like to see testers with the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) certification because it has international acceptance and industry recognition. TechTarget calls it a “foot-in-the-door” type certification that instantly makes you eligible for most QA positions at all levels.

Where do you start? The first, required step is always ISTQB Foundation Level certification. Then you can choose the software testing career path that helps you keep moving up in your career.

Get a QA testing job: Are you looking for your first software testing job, have been laid off from your current testing job, or do freelance software testing? Add yourself to the AT*Work™ Software Tester Directory. AT*Work™ helps ISTQB certified software testers find software testing jobs. To appear in AT*Work™, you must earn your ISTQB certification through ASTQB and AT*SQA – it’s another free benefit.