Software Quality Assurance Testers

Quality Assurance Testers Seek and Report Software Bugs

Software quality assurance testers, also known as software quality assurance analysts, examine new or modified computer software applications to evaluate whether or not they perform as intended. Testers might also verify that computer-automated quality assurance programs function properly. Their work entails trying to crash computer programs by punching in certain characters very quickly, for example, or by clicking the mouse on the border of an icon. They keep very close track of the combinations they enter so that they can replicate the situation if the program does crash. They also offer opinions on the user-friendliness of the program. They report in detail any problems they find or suggestions they have both verbally and in writing to supervisors.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Software Quality Assurance Analysts
Duties Examine new or modified computer software applications to determine whether or not they perform as intended; look for errors in the automated programs that test software
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Northern California and the Pacific Northwest but opportunities exist throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Speech
Experience Internship, volunteer, or part-time experience
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Programmer, or Software Designer, or Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Supervisor or Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Experienced Software Quality Assurance Tester
  • Entry-Level Software Quality Assurance Tester