I ran across an interesting survey that my friends Dorothy Graham and Mark Fewster conducted last December at EuroStar 2007, held in Stockholm. 620 attendees participated in the surveys.
You can download the survey results at:
It's interesting reading. Plus, I think it's great that Dorothy and Mark were able to conduct the survey and report the findings at the same conference. That's cool.
Here's what I found interesting:
59% of the respondents used to write code
43% held the ISEB/ISTQB Foundation Level certification
34% of those with certifications felt that they now know more about testing, and 25% have a better job
11% of the respondents saw the ISTQB certification as a money-making scheme, 49% felt that is shows a basic level of knowledge.
36% of the people have read at least half of 1 - 2 testing books, 20% have read none and 36% have read 3 - 10 books.
50% of the people do not measure the value of testing in their organizations
Well, those are just a few of the findings. I encourage you to download the report and read it yourself. We need to do something like this survey here in the U.S.