QA engineers test software to assess its design and functionality before its official launch. They identify problems and their causes, and assist developers in finding solutions.
The work involves documenting all phases of software development, including detailed bug reports. They help clients and designers determine the technical specifications and processes needed to bring a proposed software idea to functional reality.
Standard business hours
QA engineers typically work full time during normal business hours. You may put in some overtime to complete final testing of a product before its official launch. Work in industries like automotive, aeronautics and medical could require testing work outside the usual office environment.
QA engineers spend extensive time sitting at a computer. The sustained focus required and intense detail work under deadline can be stressful for some.
Annual salary estimates are based on percentile wage data collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey of US workers.
DVM / VMD degree
Most employers require a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, electrical engineering or a related subject. They also typically expect three to five years of experience with software development and testing, though some ask for more.
Knowledge of a variety of programming languages, operating systems and testing programs is essential. Internships while earning your degree are advisable. You can gain additional experience as a tester or other entry-level role in quality assurance.
Knowledge and experience are key to progressing in your career as a QA engineer. Success in problem-solving and delivering highly efficient software leads to bigger projects. QA engineers can advance to supervisory roles on more prestigious projects.
You may also transition to a role as software engineer or developer. The knowledge required to analyse software and systems for QA can open doors to many other technical jobs.