Software testers are essential to the computer and software industries, as it is their duty to test software products in production before they are released. They find the glitches in software and the areas that may need improvement before the product is finished. Software testers must be thorough, diligent, and able to notice things that others would not.
A software tester works in the information technology sector, either in an IT department or as a freelancer. Software testers be able to read computer programming languages so that they can fix problems with software. They may work alone or in a team with other software testers. They usually report to an information technology manager. Their working hours are usually Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tools for software testers are computers, software (including that which they test and software programs to help them fix problems in the software that they are testing), telephones, pens and paper, and other typical office supplies. Some software testers actually get to test video games for a living. A software tester must be able to work quickly, as oftentimes they receive the software they are to test not long before the project deadline. This may result in them working after hours or during weekends on some occasions.
This position requires a bachelor's degree in either computer science, computer programming, or information technology. Some positions require several years in the field, as well.
Software testers complete the final steps in finishing software products. They must look at software from the view of a consumer but have the expertise to fix any problems so that the consumers never see those issues. They must be very intelligent, as reading computer programming language is very difficult.
Software Tester Tasks
- Document, track, and resolve software bugs or defects with help from the programming team.
- Design benchmarks, test cases, and testing framework.
- Develop manual and program automated test software using diverse tools and source documentation.
- Participate in product design reviews and modify requirements.