Kindly sponsored by Software Testing Europe.
We recently surveyed the Software Testing Community on their education. This is the result. Click for larger size.
An update in response to some questions by James Bach.
- Q: What counts as a certification? A: In reference to the ‘How many testers hold a certification’ area of the infographic. This relates to software testing certifications such as ISEB and ISQTB. In the survey, people were asked “Do you hold a recognised software testing certificate? E.g. ISEB or ISQTB”.
- Q: What’s a professional qualification? A: Perhaps this could have been made a bit clearer. But in the context of the survey, (I believe) it relates to qualifications that don’t quite add up to a degree. Diplomas for example (in the UK) are often achieve in much less time than degrees.
- Q: Why is schooling confused with education? A: I’m not sure it is and perhaps some clarification would be required. We tried as best as possible to ask people about their education and did include ‘self education’ as part of the survey. Are there areas we missed? We would be interested to know as we would very much like to build upon this and improve future surveys.
For reference, here is the survey we asked testers to fill out.