Software quality engineers are responsible for ensuring the functionality and usability of software products, and their work mainly includes software testing. These professionals work closely with software products by testing all of the software's functionality to verify the product works as intended. They may also be responsible for developing and documenting testing procedures. Generally, much of the software quality engineer's work is accomplished with desktop computers, but they may also work with other devices such as smartphones. The type of software tested varies greatly; some examples include consumer products such as games and internal business software such as payroll systems. Software quality engineers work closely with software developers, and provide feedback regarding any problems they find to the developers so that the problems can be corrected. They may also work with clients and end users to verify that the software works as desired.
A software quality engineer's typical day consists of software testing and may include meetings with software developers and other workers on a particular product's development team. Software quality engineer jobs are typically full time and take place standard office hours. Depending on the software's release cycle, off-hour and/or weekend work may sometimes be required.
The educational requirements for software quality engineers vary considerably. In most cases a bachelor's degree or a more advanced degree is required. Some work may also require special certification. Although some jobs require a computer science degree, the field is open to people with a variety of educational backgrounds. In general, software quality engineers benefit from being detail-oriented, analytical, and possessing strong verbal and written communication skills.
Software Quality Engineer Tasks
Write requirements and specifications for tests, including anticipated problems.
Document findings, analyses, and summary recommendations.
Develop, run, and evaluate test plans and scripts to evaluate software performance.
Troubleshoot problems and evaluate potential solutions, guiding the development teams.