I started my career as a software engineer in the aviation industry making safety critical software. A half A4 page of C that was boot software took 6 months to release due to testing and documentation requirements.
Even as a software developer, I favoured testing as it gave me a wider understanding of how the software would be used. Contrasting the aviation industry with other commercial industries, I realised I had an eye for test and quality. It felt natural to move to testing and not to mention I don't miss the responsibility of having to fix a difficult bug!
Don't limit yourself. Testers have the unique privilege to interface with product/BA, developers and end user/customer support team.
Testing is a great way to start within the software industry and pick up skills and understanding of a broad range of disciplines.
We are using remote mobile testing tools like PCloudy and free open-source tools like TestProject for automation
It seems that the roles of developer and tester are merging with developers understanding TDD and testers understanding automation code.
There also seems to a requirement for more technical product owners/BAs. Tools which make remote collaboration easier are definitely the future in this work from home world.