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When something breaks or stops working, are you driven to discover — and resolve — the cause? When you see an error message, do you think, “Interesting…” instead of, “Oh no!”? Are you a highly logical, technologically savvy person with great problem-solving skills? Sounds like you’ve got the makings of an all-star quality assurance (QA) specialist! While you might not have thought much before about the work that happens after an application is fully coded, those testing phases are actually the secret sauce if you want bug-free releases.

Any company that develops software is potentially now, or will be in the future, in need of QA testers and software test engineers. Software development projects have incredibly varied goals, but the process in general is a lot more standard; when development finishes and the app is entirely coded, the next step is quality testing the app for errors and glitches. (It’s not too wise to skip this step, either — it turns out that end users do not enjoy being pioneers in the discovery of new software bugs.) Since this means the QA field is theoretically huge, how can you narrow down what you want to do? Let’s explore some options!

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Why become a QA engineer?

Like a lot of roles in tech, QA engineer jobs can provide you with steady, important work to do in resolving challenging issues. Many years ago, the QA process lived entirely on-site, but now it’s possible to conduct much of the software QA testing process from anywhere in the world. So, your next challenge is: Will you work on-site or remotely?

On-site QA jobs

On-site QA testing jobs are still somewhat common in technology companies. Although many software tests can be run in a fully remote environment, there are still a lot of use cases that necessitate the hands-on approach, like companies that make tech wearables or IoT devices, for example. If you’re the watercooler type, you could make a strong start in QA working on-site!

Remote QA jobs

Many QA analyst jobs and similar positions can be done remotely from anywhere in the world. This is excellent for prospective QA testers who want to contribute to fascinating new software projects, but who may not relish the idea of moving out to one of tech’s well-known, but pricey, urban hubs.

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What technical skills do you need to work in QA testing jobs?

  • Programming/Scripting Ability

    As a quality assurance specialist, you’ll need to be able to code so that you can create automation test scripts. Without programmatic automation, it would be very difficult and time consuming to properly test most software products! Coding experience will also help you when it’s time to work on debugging company applications or to create technical documentation.

  • Mobile Development Experience

    While not every QA testing job will require that you have mobile development experience, since so much of the software development life cycle is now centered around mobile platforms, expect to see mobile experience listed on more and more job descriptions from here on out.

  • Testing Tool Experience

    The overall QA process uses a few different, standardized testing tools, and to be successful in a software quality engineer job, you’ll want to make sure you’re familiar with at least one of them. Today’s most popular testing utilities are Selenium, Appium, TestRail, and Zephyr Scale.

  • Critical Thinking and Logic Skills

    There’s a lot that you can learn from reading theory and practicing simulations, but there’s not enough room in a textbook to cover every possibility. If you have exceptional critical thinking capabilities and can leverage your flawless logical reasoning skills in a time of crisis, you’ll be able to assess situations accurately and formulate a better solution in response (“on the fly”) – even for situations that your instructors never covered.

  • Collaboration and Teamwork Skills

    Tech is a team sport! Nowadays, the concepts of continuous integration and continuous delivery (or CI/CD), plus the emergence of practices like QAOPs (which seeks to unify dev teams and QA specialists), mean that tech teams communicate. A lot. Or at least, the good ones do; make sure you’re able to seamlessly communicate with other team members from IT and the larger organization.

What are the future prospects for software QA engineers?

Software quality assurance jobs are a great bet for a future career. While some may find the more routine nature of QA testing work tedious, others spot many opportunities for creation and self-expression. In fact, many QA engineers would likely say that the workload is just right — not too much, not too little — and unlikely to lead to burnout like some high-level roles in IT. There’s seldom any real need for management to request that QA analysts put in overtime, too, which bodes well for your work-life balance.

Then there’s the matter of compensation. As with most highly technological roles, software quality assurance engineer jobs are generally very lucrative right off the bat. With starting salaries for QA lead jobs averaging well into the six figures (according to data collected by the United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics), QA automation jobs and other roles are extremely good, future-proof choices of profession for qualified candidates.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is quality assurance engineer a good career choice?

    Yes! While these positions aren’t exactly glamorous, quality assurance jobs are vital when it comes to a company’s ability to release error-free software (or any software, for that matter). Because the quality control process is mandatory in this manner, those who choose QA as a technological specialty can generally expect to have a less challenging time finding work than many other tech roles. Provided a compatible overall work environment, software QA jobs are challenging, compelling, and comfortably compensated.

  • What are some of the most common roles in software testing?

    Quality control jobs build up the core skill sets that will lead you to incredible achievements during the course of your career. As an entry level quality control analyst, you may not get much of a say in what you do at first, but as you grow in experience, you’ll be able to specialize and work towards different roles in the QA process. Some of the typical roles you’ll discover in this space include:

    • Automation Tester: Sometimes it’s necessary to conduct large amounts of automated tests to aggregate key application data. To achieve this, companies turn to automation testers, who write scripts and use special software to ensure that each test is set up, run, and documented correctly.
    • Manual Tester: These professionals, by contrast, hardly ever automate the tests they conduct. Doing things the ‘old fashioned way’ lets them ensure that a given application truly does what it says it’s going to.
    • Quality Assurance Engineer: Collaborating with automation and manual testers both, these experts are tasked with keeping an application within designated quality standards. While intense at times, this role can also be very strategic and creative when designing testing procedures.
  • What are the job responsibilities of a QA tester?

    Every day, software testers run, interpret, and optimize quality assurance tests for all kinds of different applications within many industries. We’re lucky they do it, because if not, no apps could exist! Since the software products they help to finalize are so varied in scope, it’s likely that no two software QA jobs will look exactly the same on a day-to-day basis, but if you’re thinking about a career in QA, you can generally expect to be assigned some or all of the following responsibilities:

    • Devise and document software testing procedures.
    • Write scripts that facilitate automated testing at scale.
    • Report pressing issues and urgent risks to the development team.
    • Document and analyze discrepancies in test results.
  • What are the qualifications required to become a manual & automation testing engineer?

    The goal of a software test engineer is always the same — using automated testing suites to conduct quality control testing that is complete and accurate to reality. If this is successfully carried out, in theory the software or application produced should be flawless. To ensure you’re ready for the challenges of manual test jobs, take some time to review the below list of basic qualifications for manual and automation testing engineers:

    • A bachelor’s or master’s degree, usually in a STEM discipline
    • Programming ability, generally in Python or Java
    • Strong understanding of hardware, operating systems, and network administration
    • Work experience in manual or automated testing
    • Understanding of QA methodology and best practices
  • What are the industries that hire quality control engineers?

    The quality control phase is a non-negotiable step in the software development life cycle, and so if an industry develops software or applications in any capacity, that industry will have a need for QA testers. Most modern companies nowadays therefore account for at least a handful of software testing positions when planning projects and budgets. Here are a few of the best industries to review when searching for software testing jobs:

    • Communications
    • Retail and eCommerce
    • Banking and Finance
    • Technology and IT
    • Aviation

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