The test analyst works as part of a larger team with the goal of ensuring quality, product performance, and excellence in operations. This may include identifying inefficiencies or deterrents to workflow, as well as proposing solutions. The test analyst is responsible for testing, analyzing, and compiling data, as well as generating reports. Test analysts may be called upon to investigate failures in product, process, or machinery; it is also their duty to recommend modifications, based on testing, to design or process. They also may have to manage the projects to implement changes.
A test analyst typically must have a technical background, and be comfortable applying engineering principles to real-world issues. As a minimum, a test analyst needs an associate’s degree or higher in a technical or analytical field. In addition to the degree, a test analyst often needs from one to seven years' experience with mechanics. They also need computer skills and exceptional written and verbal communication skills. Additionally, test analysts are required to have strong organizational abilities, project management skills, and problem solving skills.
Test analysts often work during the day; however, they may be called upon to work during the evenings for time-sensitive projects. They often lead a quality assurance team and may be held responsible for the efficiency of that team.
Test Analyst Tasks
- Incorporate test results and changes, and execute plans according to schedule.
- Analyze workflows, specifications, and documentation to improve bug detection.
- Create test scripts, cases and automation, evaluating their success, and training others in their use.
- Assist in developing schedules, timelines, and reporting progress.