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Software Quality Assurance Analysts & Testers

Also called: Application Integration Engineer, Quality Assurance Analyst (QA Analyst), Software Quality Assurance Engineer (SQA Engineer), Software Quality Engineer

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What they do:
Develop and execute software tests to identify software problems and their causes. Test system modifications to prepare for implementation. Document software and application defects using a bug tracking system and report defects to software or web developers. Create and maintain databases of known defects. May participate in software design reviews to provide input on functional requirements, operational characteristics, product designs, and schedules.
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.

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

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

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

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Integrity
  • Persistence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Development environment software
  • Apache Ant Hot Technology
  • Go Hot Technology
Data base user interface and query software
  • Apache Hive Hot Technology
  • Blackboard software
Program testing software
  • JUnit Hot Technology
  • Selenium Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
associate's degree
usually needed

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$110,140
$65,210
$170,100

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