Career Details for Software Quality Assurance Engineers & Testers

Software Quality Assurance Engineers & Testers

Also called:

Quality Assurance Analyst (QA Analyst), Quality Assurance Engineer (QA Engineer), Software Quality Assurance Engineer (SQA Engineer), Software Quality Engineer

What they do:

Develop and execute software test plans in order to identify software problems and their causes.

On the job, you would:

  • Design test plans, scenarios, scripts, or procedures.
  • Document software defects, using a bug tracking system, and report defects to software developers.
  • Identify, analyze, and document problems with program function, output, online screen, or content.

lightbulb KNOWLEDGE

Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

pencil SKILLS

Basic Skills

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • reading work related information

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

People and Technology Systems

  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

trophy ABILITIES

Verbal

  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking

Ideas and Logic

  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen

user PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.

  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Integrity
  • Persistence

computer TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Development environment software

  • Apache Maven
  • Microsoft PowerShell

Program testing software

  • Bugzilla
  • Hewlett Packard LoadRunner

Web platform development software

  • Dynamic hypertext markup language DHTML
  • Oracle JavaServer Pages JSP

book EDUCATION

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bachelor's degree or
associate's degree usually needed

suitcase JOB OUTLOOK

outlook
BRIGHT

New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

SALARY
$86,510


per year, on average
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