Could You Be a Tester?

Published by Paula Americo, April 12, 2022
University of Provar

Thinking about a career change? Testing might be a great fit for you!

What is a tester? A tester is an individual that tests software for bugs, errors, defects or any problem that can affect the performance of a software or an application.

A lot of testers fall into testing with no defined path. Chris Armstrong, QA Strategist at Provar, explains how he “fell” into testing for 17 years and the 9 characteristics of a tester:

Wondering how you might “fall” into testing? Discover the 9 characteristics that make a good tester and how to get started, below.


Do you tend to look at things with wonderment and awe, always wondering “what if?” when it comes to new opportunities?

Critical Thinking

Remember when your teachers told you how important it was to be a critical thinker? They were absolutely right! If you ponder how things could be better, or how you could make improvements to the task at hand, you might be a great tester.

Thinking Outside the Box

Speaking of those past teachers, your favorites were probably those who challenged you to do, to see, to hear things differently. Could you identify the ways in which a customer could potentially use a product, even if it’s out of the ordinary?

Quick to Learn

Are you awesome at synthesizing information and teaching it to others? You may want to try testing!

Spatial Awareness

Why are we here? What are we doing? Can you take the lead in creating this awareness for yourself and for others? You’d be an asset to both your team and your customers!


There is much more to good communication than sharing your thoughts with others. Perhaps you are known as the “listener” among your colleagues. This skill is invaluable in testing!


A great tester looks at a problem and immediately comes up with a few creative ways to solve it. Can you see multiple solutions in the face of an issue? Put that skill to good use!


Are you someone who likes a different challenge every day? Don’t get stuck in a rut – expand your horizons with fresh interactions on a daily basis.

Breaking Stuff

Live life with abandon! Break all the things, then put all the things back together again! Sound like your mantra? Testing may be for you!

Have any of the characteristics listed above? Take this quiz to discover what kind of tester you are. Or get started with free University of Provar courses and certifications, here.

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