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Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers

Develop and execute software test plans in order to identify software problems and their causes.   (O'Net 15-1199.01)

 
Reported job titles:   Game Tester, Inspector, Product Assurance Engineer, Quality Assurance Analyst (QA Analyst), Quality Assurance Director (QA Director), Quality Assurance Engineer   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Computer Occupations, All Other which includes:
                          - Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
                          - Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
                          - Web Administrators
                          - Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
                          - Geographic Information Systems Technicians
                          - Database Architects
                          - Data Warehousing Specialists
                          - Business Intelligence Analysts
                          - Information Technology Project Managers
                          - Search Marketing Strategists
                          - Video Game Designers
                          - Document Management Specialists
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 19.93   $ 30.37   $ 38.68   $ 50.08   $ 54.38   $ 39.10  
    Yearly $41,450   $63,180   $80,460   $104,160   $113,110   $81,330  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 21.06   $ 31.35   $ 39.84   $ 52.78   $ 54.38   $ 40.62  
    Yearly $43,800   $65,210   $82,860   $109,780   $113,110   $84,490  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 16.05   $ 26.77   $ 35.27   $ 42.87   $ 48.71   $ 34.33  
    Yearly $33,380   $55,680   $73,360   $89,180   $101,330   $71,410  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 23.55   $ 34.14   $ 39.68   $ 42.11   $ 45.67   $ 37.37  
    Yearly $48,980   $71,020   $82,530   $87,580   $94,990   $77,720  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Computer Occupations, All Other which includes:
                                  - Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
                                  - Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
                                  - Web Administrators
                                  - Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
                                  - Geographic Information Systems Technicians
                                  - Database Architects
                                  - Data Warehousing Specialists
                                  - Business Intelligence Analysts
                                  - Information Technology Project Managers
                                  - Search Marketing Strategists
                                  - Video Game Designers
                                  - Document Management Specialists
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 192 207 0.8% 4
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Computer Occupations, All Other which includes:
                                - Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
                                - Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
                                - Web Administrators
                                - Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
                                - Geographic Information Systems Technicians
                                - Database Architects
                                - Data Warehousing Specialists
                                - Business Intelligence Analysts
                                - Information Technology Project Managers
                                - Search Marketing Strategists
                                - Video Game Designers
                                - Document Management Specialists
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Federal government, all industries 33.8%
    Computer systems design and related services 11.9%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 5.9%
    Management of companies and enterprises 5.3%
    Insurance carriers and related activities 3.9%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
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  • Design test plans, scenarios, scripts, or procedures.
     
  • Test system modifications to prepare for implementation.
     
  • Develop testing programs that address areas such as database impacts, software scenarios, regression testing, negative testing, error or bug retests, or usability.
     
  • Document software defects, using a bug tracking system, and report defects to software developers.
     
  • Identify, analyze, and document problems with program function, output, online screen, or content.
     
  • Monitor bug resolution efforts and track successes.
     
  • Create or maintain databases of known test defects.
     
  • Plan test schedules or strategies in accordance with project scope or delivery dates.
     
  • Participate in product design reviews to provide input on functional requirements, product designs, schedules, or potential problems.
     
  • Review software documentation to ensure technical accuracy, compliance, or completeness, or to mitigate risks.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers  updated June 2008
     


    Knowledge
    for Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers  updated June 2008
     


    Skills
    for Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Programming - Writing computer programs for various purposes.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
     
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
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  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers  updated June 2008
     


    Work Activities
    for Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
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  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers  updated June 2008
     


    Interests
    for Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
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  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
    for Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers  updated June 2008
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
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  • Experience: A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers  updated June 2008
     


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    • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
     
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    • Information Science/Studies.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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