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Software Quality Assurance Analyst or Tester

Ever had a computer virus or bug? Well, these are the software specialists whose work helps keep these defects from happening.

Software quality assurance analysts and testers develop and execute software tests to identify software problems and their causes, develop and execute software tests to identify software problems and their causes. They test system modifications to prepare for implementation. They document software and application defects using a bug tracking system and report defects to software or web developers. They also create and maintain databases of known defects. They may also participate in software design reviews to provide input on functional requirements, operational characteristics, product designs and schedules.

To succeed in this field, you should be a critical thinker, know how to write computer programs, and have good communications skills.

Duties typically include designing test plans, scenarios, scripts, or procedures, as well as documenting software defects, using a bug tracking system and reporting defects to software developers. They identify, analyze and document problems with program function, output, online screen or content.

Most software quality assurance analysts and testers have a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering or computer programming.


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