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How to start a career in Automation Testing?

Updated: Oct 5, 2023

Automation Testing is the fastest growing career in the Quality Assurance Industry. The agility in software products has increased in past few years due to fast changing requirements, and the growing needs of the customer.

Manual Testing cannot be ignored, however, with Automation Testing a tester can overcome the drawbacks faced in Manual Testing such as reliability, time and cost.

Like Manual Testing, Automation Testing can also be performed for all types of testing such as: smoke, sanity, functional, regression, system and system integration and operational acceptance testing. Primarily, the organisations use automation testing to automate functionality for regression and smoke testing.

Many new graduates and other professionals who want to get a break into the IT industry can start in Automation Testing, after attaining some manual testing experience.

To start your career in Test Automation, consider the following tips:

Automation Testing Requires Knowledge of an Automation Tool

An Automation Tool is used to create automation test cases. Many automation tools are available in market as open source or commercial products.

These are some of the most popular automation testing tools:

Selenium, UFT, LoadRunner, JMeter, Ranorex, SOAP UI etc.

Your first step would be to find out which Automation Tool you would like to learn. You would then research the job market, by searching for available automation testing jobs and reviewing the job description for technologies that are in demand, number of desired years of experience, salary, tools (open source or commercial) are today’s requirement of companies.

You should know a Programming Language and a Database

To create automation test cases, the testers require knowledge of a programming language such as C/C++, Java, C#, Python etc.

You should learn any one of the Object-Oriented Programming Language.

Testers and automation testers also require knowledge of database and database language such as: MS SQL, MySQL, SQL Lite, MongoDB, etc. Database helps to store the test data.

Automation Testing Requires Intensive Practice

Practice a lot! One way to practice is automating random websites on the internet. Share you work by making a portfolio on GitHub and posting the automation test cases you have created.


A survey, “Test Automation Challenges” was conducted to understand the challenges faced by test professionals in the automation industry.

According to the survey:

“Selecting an automation testing solution is still a challenging and critical endeavor for any testing organization. Open source-based solutions seem to be the preferable choice for the transition with low ownership cost, abundant training materials, and active user communities but require a high level of programming skills. Functional testing continues to be the top choice for automation primarily in regression and smoke test areas. The problems with automation stem from human resources, process, and tools to the application under test.”

With that said, nine out of ten testers have used in the past or are currently using Selenium to automate the user experience automation for Web Applications. Selenium Web Driver is an open source Automation Tool and it is one of the most preferred automation tools in the software testing industry. Selenium has bindings for Python, Java, C# etc.

To stay in the software testing industry, make a commitment to keep updated with the latest tools and technology. Keep in mind that the transition from manual to automation requires time and effort, but with the support of friends and mentors, it can be tackled.

busyQA's role is to guide manual testers in making the transition a smooth one. They offer a world class Automation Testing training with co-op placement. Designed to give students the theoretical background, practical knowledge, skills required to succeed in the software industry as a Test Automation Software Quality Assurance Analyst, this course covers Automation Testing framework, Continuous Integration, Jenkins, GIT, SVN, Web Service API, and Mobile testing tools including Appium. This course also lays a foundation for DevOps Engineer or Analyst role.

Make sure to check out busyQA's Automation Testing course.

This course can be taken in class or online.

Let’s take a look at the course outline:

Prerequisite: Experience in Manual Testing or DevOps required. If no experience, then you will need to take this class first.

Module 1: Overview on Software Testing & Automation

Module 2: Java Basics

Module 3: Java OOPs Concepts

Module 4: Selenium WebDriver

Module 5: Data Driven Testing using Excel

Module 6: TestNG

Module 7: Advanced Concepts

Module 8: Maven Integration with Selenium

Module 9: Automation Framework

Module 10: Continuous Integration (CI) - Maven, Jenkins & GIT, SVN

Module 11: Appium

busyQA also offers UFT, Python, LoadRunner, JMeter, Ranorex Automation training.

To get more course details, please visit the link

Remember, a good automation tester should have a grasp over software testing concepts, methodologies, proficiency in an automation tool, knowledge of programming language and database, and lastly, a willingness to learn.

You don’t need to do this alone. Contact busyQA!


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