Skills for a Mobile Testing Professional

Skills for a Mobile Testing Professional

27 September 2021

Mobile Testing ProfessionalThe quality of a mobile application reflects greatly on the customer’s perceived value and trust on the organization. The global mobile application market size was valued at $106.27 billion in 2018 and projected to reach $407.31 billion by 2026. This huge surge has made mobile testing, both device as well as application, indispensable. It is now a rapidly growing profession since providers are under immense pressure to build high-quality products that stand the test of increasing functionality and scale.

Despite the booming demand of mobile testing professionals, not many can articulate the exact role and responsibility of a mobile testing professional. This blog offers a blueprint of some of the skill-sets required to succeed in this field.

The Must-Haves

A mobile testing professional is responsible for verifying the functionality, usability, and consistency of apps before they are released in the market.

Although there isn’t any prescribed set of qualifications, the familiarity with mobile devices (across brands and operating systems), networks, automation, UI, emulators/ simulators and hardware will definitely catapult the career growth.  

Understanding of testing fundamentals like SDLC, STLC, black box, white box testing, agile and waterfall methodologies and programming languages Python, Javascript, CSS, Node.JS, Testing frameworks, and PHP are the bedrocks of mobile testing.

A tester must perform test to ensure that the mobile performs effectively and efficiently under load with prioritizing the security protocols to ensure the safety of user credentials and other device permission requests.

As per Gartner, Cloud-based mobile testing is an evolving model which will be widely adopted by organizations. Hence, it is also critical to stay current with technology developments and dynamic ecosystem. Any experience with automation application testing is a sure-fire formula for instant success.

The path

Career path of a mobile testing professional is similar to that of a software tester, however, there might be variations across organizations.

Our 2-cents

We believe that the knowledge of App design is important for a mobile tester. Detail-oriented research helps understand the user base and identify bugs and features that are redundant. Age, occupation, geographic location, literacy, and other countering factors also play a major role in understanding the customer requirement.

It’s important to focus on testing localizations that are based on geographies and include text and voice on-screen functionalities.

A tester should understand what effect the color of an element has on usability.

Testing is aimed to understand whether the current architecture and working of mobile are user-friendly for the target audience.

A tester must ensure to check the mobiles against interruption issues and ensure that the mobile responds appropriately. One must also take into account all the UI issues, app crashes, and push notifications.

Good communication skills are must for a tester to understand the developer/client requirement, and also express his/her concerns clearly. A lack of proper communication may create confusion among the team members or even with the clients, affecting the end-result.  

Mobile testing is a budding resource towards a blossoming enterprise that breathes scalability and accessibility. With a device designed and tested for its functionality and usability, effective testing efforts can help provide the best experience for every potential customer.


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