Why should a Software Testing Engineer learn Big Data and Hadoop Ecosystem Technologies?

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Why should a Software Testing Engineer learn Big Data and Hadoop Ecosystem Technologies?
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The testing process is understandably the most important aspect of any software domain. The Testing Engineer role extends to different domains when the organization chooses to adapt itself to an improved technology. In this blog post, let’s discuss why a Software Testing Engineer should learn Big Data and Hadoop ecosystem technologies.

If you are new to the world of Big Data/Hadoop, glance through some of our posts on 5 Reasons to Learn Hadoop,  The Hype behind Big Data and What Hadoop is all about?

Let’s get straight to the nitty-gritty details of this topic;

Why should a Software Testing Engineer learn Big Data and Hadoop?

Career Growth:

Software Testing Engineer learn Big Data and Hadoop

The above chart is self-explanatory. It clearly shows that the growth rate of Hadoop related job are much higher than that of software testing jobs. The maximum growth rate of software testing related jobs is at approximately 1.6% but the growth rate of Hadoop based testing jobs are at a whopping 5% (approximately.)

80% of people who learn Hadoop are from a non-development background. You too can be one of them.

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Limitations of current Testing practices while testing Applications to solve Big Data problems:

  • Software testing approaches are driven by data (like skewness in data, data sets size mismatch etc.) rather than the testing scenarios.
  • Standard data matching tools (like win diff etc.) don’t work with large volumes of data. This becomes a limitation to the software testing engineer’s skill sets.

For mid-sized data, the data can be exposed as HBase tables and verified from input data set by applying business logic on small set of input.

For large scale data, Big data techniques provide engineers with unique skill sets that are used for testing large and complex data sets and find numerous opportunities in the field of meteorology, genomics, connectomics, complex physics simulations and biological and environmental research.

State of Testing field – Expert Opinions:

Scott Barber, a renowned tester, speaker and writer on testing related topic; specializing in the area of System Performance Testing has quoted some really powerful and impacting words about the current situation in the Testing field.

Software Testing Engineer learn Big Data and Hadoop

There has been numerous talks on different social medias about the possibility of Testing becoming a “Dying profession” and Scott does agree that Testing as a profession is in the middle of a dramatic transformation.

Well, that statement was dramatic enough, let take a look at the facts and see for ourselves what is going on in the Testing field.

A Look at Hadoop/Big Data Tester Job Profile:

Below is a requirement placed by a certain organization for their Hadoop Tester requirement:

Software Testing Engineer learn Big Data and Hadoop

When looking at the above requirement, we can see that Testing skills are largely needed and form the foundation of this job profile. Now, all that is required of a Software testing engineer to become a Big Data or a Hadoop Tester is to update himself with Big Data/Hadoop skills.

Software Testing Engineer learn Big Data and Hadoop

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How easy is it, to shift to Hadoop/Big Data:

  • To Java or not to Java – Flexibility to choose:

For those who are experts in Java, the transition is a cake walk as is an open-source, Java-based programming framework. The MapReduce scripts used here are written in Java. Now, it is pretty obvious that to work on Hadoop, knowledge in Java is imperative.

By saying the above, It doesn’t mean that non-Java experts have a rough journey ahead. The beauty of Hadoop is that it has an array of tools that a ‘Non-Java’ expert can use. Some of the Hadoop tools like Hive, Pig and Sqoop don’t require Java knowledge as they rely heavily on SQL.

  • Shared Skills and Application Platforms between a Testing professional and Hadoop professional:

The idea of moving from out comfort zone to a new domain like Big Data/ Hadoop might be a little overwhelming at first. But one has to realise that Testing and Hadoop are not mutually exclusive. Here is a list of skills and platforms that are used between them can be used according to http://www.itjobswatch.co.uk. One or more of these skills, can also be used in alignment with Big Data and Hadoop skills. Thus, making it is easier to make a smooth transition.

Software Testing Engineer learn Big Data and Hadoop

A good Testing Engineer possess sharp analytical skills, strong technical skill, great attitude, detail oriented and willingness to learn. These are the exact traits required for anyone to switch over to Hadoop. It is irrefutable that Testing is undergoing transformation but it is not going to be the end of it. But with the changing times, it is prudent to sail the high wave – Hadoop, considering all its features and flexibility.

Still not convinced you can learn Hadoop? Don’t trust anyone. Judge yourself. Click below to watch a sample class recording of a Big Data and Hadoop class conducted by Edureka.

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Got a question for us? Mention them in the comments section and we will get back to you. 

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  • EdurekaSupport

    Thanks for taking the time to check out our blog. We are happy we could help. DO keep chekcing back in for new blogs on all your favourite topics

  • naga

    I’m working as a Manual test engineer. I dont have any knowledge of JAVA or any other programming skills, is it beneficial for me?

    • EdurekaSupport

      Hi Naga, thanks for checking out our blog. Big Data and Hadoop can be a career changer in terms of package and opportunity for you. While there are no pre-requisites to learn Hadoop, knowledge of Java and Sql do come in handy. But, you don’t need to worry as we provide a complementary self-paced Java Core-Java course when you enroll for our Hadoop training. You can check out the course details here: https://goo.gl/a2girX. Hope this helps. Cheers!

  • Mahan Madiwal

    Hello, I have around 3 year experience in automation and as well manual testing and also am good in java and sql…shall i move to hadoop?

    • EdurekaSupport

      Hey Mahan, if a career in Big Data interests you, then you can certainly up-skill with Hadoop and become a Hadoop Developer. You certainly have the skills to get started with Hadoop training. You can check out our course curriculum and the sample class recording here: https://goo.gl/a2girX. Do write to us if you need any support. Cheers!

  • Arun Balasubramanian

    Hi, I have close to 8 years of experience in web application testing. Now, I am thinking of shifting to Big data and hadoop testing track. I am a non-java guy. I would like to know how I can kick start the learning, What pre-requisites required to start learning to make a strong career in big data and hadoop testing.

    • EdurekaSupport

      Hey Arun, thanks for checking out our blog.
      The pre-requisites required to start learning Hadoop are core Java knowledge and SQL. They are not mandatory but they will come in handy. But, you don’t need to worry; we provide a complementary self-paced course on ‘Java essentials for Hadoop’ when you enroll for our Hadoop training. So that will help you catch up. Please feel free to get in touch with us if you have any more questions. Cheers!

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  • Anand ßharadwaj

    Hello
    This is my query regarding
    Testing in Big data Hadoop
    How testing is involved in hadoop?
    What are the tools used to test data?

    I started my career with testing field recently less than a month. I have a plan of shifting to bigdata field in future. I know little bit of Java and SQL,
    And I’ve studied working of hadoop also.
    How much time it will take to shift. What are your suggestions.
    Thanks and regards
    Anand Bharadwaj

    • EdurekaSupport

      Hey Anand, thanks for checking out our blog.
      There is no separate tool for Testing in Hadoop. But, if a developer career track interests you, you can definitely go for Hadoop training. The pre-requisite to learn Hadoop is knowledge of core Java and SQL. Since you have these skills, it helps.
      The time that will take you to shift careers is entirely depend on how soon you can complete and master the Hadoop as well as you finding opportunities, but Edureka Hadoop certification will help. You can check out our course details here: https://www.edureka.co/big-data-and-hadoop.
      Hope this helps. Cheers!

  • Sai Priya

    I have 1.5 yrs of exp in database testing in travel domain..good in writing sql queries..i dont have java knowledge..please guide me how to get a job in big data compa

    • EdurekaSupport

      Hey Sai Priya, thanks for checking out our blog. As such, there are no pre-requisites to learn Hadoop, but SQL and Java knowledge do come in handy. Since you are already proficient in SQL, you have an added advantage. You do not need to worry about Java skills as much since Edureka provides you with a complementary self-paced core Java course when you enroll for the Big Data Hadoop Certification course. Post course completion, you can go ahead and apply for Hadoop Developer jobs if this career track interests you. You can check out the course curriculum here: https://goo.gl/a2girX. Hope this helps. Cheers!

  • krishna

    Hi,

    My Question is,Is there a scope for Hadoop Tester in the current market If Yes,
    What are the Roles & Responsibilities of a Hadoop/Big Data Tester?

    Regards,
    krishna

    • EdurekaSupport

      Hi Krishna,
      We can guide you better if you get in touch with us for further clarification by contacting our sales team on +91-8880862004 (India) or 1800 275 9730 (US toll free). You can mail us on sales@edureka.co.

  • deepa

    I have 8 years of experience in manual testing and trying to enhance my career. I don’t have any knowledge in JAVA and little knowledge on SQL. Currently i have 3 years of gap in my career. Please post your suggestion.

    • EdurekaSupport

      Hi Deepa,
      Thank you for reaching out to us.
      The current job scenario has witnessed several experienced professionals switching to Big Data/Hadoop technologies in order to advance in their careers.
      You can master Hadoop irrespective of your IT background. While basic knowledge of Core Java and SQL might help, it is not a pre-requisite for learning Hadoop.
      You can check out this blog for more information: http://www.edureka.co/blog/do-you-need-java-to-learn-hadoop
      In case you do wish to brush up on your Java knowledge, Edureka also provides a self-paced course called ‘Java essentials for Hadoop’.
      You can go through this link for more information about the course: http://www.edureka.co/big-data-and-hadoop
      We would recommend that you get in touch with us for further clarification by contacting our sales team on +91-8880862004 (India) or 1800 275 9730 (US toll free). You can mail us on sales@edureka.co.

  • Vishakha

    Hi, I am fresher and I have done software manual testing course and I have got job in one small organization as well but I want something big. I have knowledge of SQL and I don’t know anything about java. Can you please suggest me should I learn core Java first and then selenium or big data and hadoop things now or later. Please tell me the sequence and time duration for achieving my goal.
    Thanks in advance

    • EdurekaSupport

      Hi Vishakha,
      Thank you for reaching out to us.
      We would recommend that you get in touch with us for further clarification by contacting our sales team on +91-8880862004 (India) or 1800 275 9730 (US toll free). You can mail us on sales@edureka.co.