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Software Quality Assurance Testers
The Department of Labor predicts that employment of inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers in general will decline in the coming years. While the DOL does not provide an outlook specific to software quality assurance testers, it does predict that computer network, systems, and database administrators, as well as computer systems analysts, can expect much faster than average employment growth through 2018. Software quality assurance testers should have equally positive employment opportunities despite an increasing level of quality assurance automation. Before, software companies were able to make big profits by being the first to introduce a specific kind of product, such as a word processor or presentation kit, to the marketplace. Now, with so many versions of similar software on the market, competition is forcing firms to focus their energies on customer service. Many companies, therefore, aim to perfect their software applications before they hit the shelves. Searching for every small program glitch in this way requires the effort of many quality assurance testers.