What does a QA Tester do?

Quality assurance testers are primarily responsible for checking new software products, clearing them for defects or issues. Quality assurance testers run various software tests to ensure it meets standards and guidelines before it can be marketed to consumers. They identify issues and run debugging programs when needed, and they generate reports, work with software developers to correct problems, and upgrade databases as required. Quality assurance testers run various tests on new software products, identify problems, and run debugging programs to fix issues.

Quality assurance testers record all defect details and create and distribute reports that outline the found defects found and steps taken to resolve the issues. They maintain this documentation using changelogs to track software and application defects, recognizing similar problems and providing quick resolutions. They assist software developers with the design process and assess risk and resolve issues before the new software is complete. Quality assurance testers need a bachelor's degree in computer information science or computer science.

What responsibilities are common for QA Tester jobs?
  • Develop and implement test plans and procedures using testing tools.
  • Escalate issues and risks to the project management team.
  • Generate and support disposition of discrepancy documentation.
  • Perform daily safety inspections and produce a good quality product.
  • Prepare equipment for test by hooking up water piping, air, and power as required.
  • Write, implement, and report status for system test cases for testing.
  • Execute cross component test cases and regression checks and file quality bugs within permissible limits of the program.
  • Ensure projects, initiatives, and processes are in conformance with the organizations established policies and procedures.
  • Design and develop scripts to run automated tests to ensure consistency, repeatability and accelerates delivery.
  • Develop rapport with others and recognize their concerns and feelings. build and maintain long-term associations based on trust.
  • Oversee the operational aspects of engineering tests and serves as liaison to program, engineering and line management.
  • Recognize controls related hazards in a manufacturing environment to incorporate safe practices and procedures as part of the daily work plan to reduce injuries and create a safe machine environment.
What are the typical qualifications for QA Tester jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in computer science, engineering, information sciences, or information technology or equivalent experience.
  • Comfortable with conducting the following: test execution, test automation, test tools, regression testing.
  • Pays strict attention to details.
  • Fluent in SQL, JAVA, C, and Python software and systems.
  • Trained in testing methodologies.
  • Can participate in all Agile ceremonies including the daily SCRUM.
EducationBachelor's Degree
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a QA Tester make?

$67,288 /yr
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QA Tester Career Path

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“I love working at Eleos because every bit of work that we do matters and it is full of great people”

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“if you get good work and project/client where you have a continuous learning its a big pro for any project/company.”

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“I really enjoyed working in my own area and people were happy to help if you needed it.”

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“Having both of the co founders know everyone by name off of the bat is really nice.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of QA testers

The typical day of a QA tester includes gathering requirement specifications, writing test conditions and test cases, and running test cases. They run the test cases, look for software bugs, document them, and report them to the product team. They retest to make sure that the reported bugs are resolved.

Many QA testers report high levels of job satisfaction because the field is constantly evolving, and they enjoy the many challenges that the workday brings. The best part of being a QA tester is creating test cases that allow them to exercise their creativity and software knowledge.

Yes, because the demand for QA testers is so high. The average salary for QA testers is $67,288 a year. As you gain more experience in the field you can expect your salary to increase, especially if you earn a promotion to the senior tester position.

Working as a QA tester can have its downsides. Some QA testers find that the process of testing and retesting the same software can get a little monotonous. Plus, taking on a heavy workload and meeting tight deadlines can present a challenge. However, many QA testers find that they enjoy the challenges that the job can present.

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