A software quality assurance (SQA) tester is responsible for testing software to ensure there are no bugs. They also provide suggestions to streamline the user interface so customers will have an easier time using the software. SQA testers must be able to locate issues and provide detailed information on how to replicate issues so they can be resolved quickly. They must also be able to analyze test results and logs so any issues are reported to their supervisors. Along with being able to test the front end of programs, SQA testers are also responsible for testing the back end (code) of the software.
This job typically takes place in an office setting during regular business hours. SQA testers generally work full time, and some overtime may be required depending on deadlines and the needs of the business. These positions typically exist in companies that produce software.
The qualifications expected of SQA testers typically include a bachelor's degree in a related field or a minimum of eight years of working experience in information technology. Relevant licenses and certifications may be required or preferred. SQA testers should also have an in-depth knowledge of software testing programs and other testing tools. The ability to analyze data is required, along with being able to efficiently communicate orally and in writing.
Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Tester Tasks
Evaluate software applications for errors and stability.
Debug scripts and identify system flaws.
Perform both manual and automated testing strategies.
Develop testing strategies and analysis for software programs.