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Software Quality Assurance Engineer/Tester

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Bachelor's degree

What They Do

Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers Career Video

Develops and executes software test plans in order to identify software problems and their causes.

This career is part of the Information Technology cluster Information Support and Services pathway, Programming and Software Development pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Designs test plans, scenarios, scripts, or procedures.
  • Documents software defects, using a bug tracking system, and reports defects to software developers.
  • Identifies, analyzes, and documents problems with program function, output, online screen, or content.
  • Develops testing programs that address areas such as database impacts, software scenarios, regression testing, negative testing, error or bug retests, or usability.
  • Participates in product design reviews to provide input on functional requirements, product designs, schedules, or potential problems.
  • Documents test procedures to ensure replicability and compliance with standards.
  • Plans test schedules or strategies in accordance with project scope or delivery dates.
  • Conducts software compatibility tests with programs, hardware, operating systems, or network environments.
  • Tests system modifications to prepare for implementation.
  • Monitors bug resolution efforts and track successes.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Product Assurance Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Analyst (QA Analyst)
  • Quality Assurance Director (QA Director)
  • Quality Assurance Engineer (QA Engineer)
  • Quality Assurance Practice Manager (QA Practice Manager)
  • Software Quality Assurance Engineer (SQA Engineer)
  • Software Quality Engineer — Inspects, tests, verifies and validates, and implements software development and maintenance processes and methods.
  • Software Test Engineer
  • Test Engineer