I am working as a software tester, basically black box using both manual and automation testing approaches. Looking down the lane, I see several career paths ahead of me, but definitely not manual testing since it is not much challenging. I don't want to take the path of being a test manager and handling people on the business side either as I hate both. On the other hand comparing to software developers can I pursue a path that is technically challenging and not monotonous.
Is a test architect equally challenging when compared to a software architect in dev. I know this greatly varies from product based companies and service based companies.
I came upon this idea because I find writing a sorting algorithm is much more exciting than testing it. Since testing it is just giving a set of values and verifying the result - anybody can do that. But writing algorithms not many can do.
It would be great if someone can share valuable insights on this. Someone who has made the job switch because of such a reason.