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Software Quality Assurance Analyst/Tester

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Bachelor's degree

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What They Do

Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers Career Video

About This Career

Develops and executes software tests to identify software problems and their causes. Tests system modifications to prepare for implementation. Documents software and application defects using a bug tracking system and reports defects to software or web developers. Creates and maintains databases of known defects. May participate in software design reviews to provide input on functional requirements, operational characteristics, product designs, and schedules.

This career is part of the Information Technology cluster Information Support and Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Identifies, analyzes, and documents problems with program function, output, online screen, or content.
  • Documents software defects, using a bug tracking system, and reports defects to software developers.
  • Develops testing programs that address areas such as database impacts, software scenarios, regression testing, negative testing, error or bug retests, or usability.
  • Designs test plans, scenarios, scripts, or procedures.
  • Documents test procedures to ensure replicability and compliance with standards.
  • Provides feedback and recommendations to developers on software usability and functionality.
  • Installs, maintains, or uses software testing programs.
  • Tests system modifications to prepare for implementation.
  • Creates or maintains databases of known test defects.
  • Develops or specifies standards, methods, or procedures to determine product quality or release readiness.

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 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:

  • Automation Tester
  • Quality Assurance Engineer (QA Engineer)
  • Quality Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Analyst (QA Analyst)
  • 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
  • Information Technology Analyst (IT Analyst)


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