Dear What Am I Worth,
I'm a soon to be graduate with a Bachelor of Computer Systems from Unitec. Before this I completed a certificate in computer systems.
I am employed casually as a software tester for two companies in Auckland and have between both of them two months’ experience. The job has not been too technical, just manual user acceptance testing and regression testing as well as documentation of the errors and dealing with developers.
Before this I had a two-week Delphi programming contract and since February have been working on a commercial project for my final semester at Unitec.
In my degree I focused on all the programming papers and a few design and planning papers so am quite comfortable writing code for basic projects.
Elan IT replies: Some test analysts or software testers begin their careers programming to give them a good grounding in development and experience throughout the software life cycle, then work their way into the test area. There have been some good opportunities for test analysts in the market in recent times, both contract and permanent positions, and if this is an area you wish to specialise in you may eventually want to look into contract as well as permanent positions. Contract positions offer good hourly rates and may give you the variety you are looking for.
For a permanent position you will initially be looking at $35,000 to $38,000 for either test or programming, and getting a start in programming may be the easier path in the short term.