Career outlook for software tester
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
Before software is ready for users to get their hands on, it must be thoroughly tested. As a software tester, it’d be your job to look for any bugs or issues that stop it from performing how it should. This is what’s known as quality assurance, and it’s a vital part of digital development.
Recording any issues you find you’d pass these on to developers, so they know what needs to be resolved. Attention to detail and problem solving are important parts of this role.
You’d create a plan and use different methods such as performance testing, scalability testing, regression testing or stress testing to identify any problems. The next step would be writing up reports to document the tests and their outcome, and communicate these back to the team you’re working with.
What you might do
- Meet with developers and project managers to understand the requirements of each project
- Work alongside software developers to understand software functionality
- Walkthrough programmes to find bugs or defects
- Create a testing plan and identify resource needs
- Carry out automated testing with specialist software
- Test on different devices such as mobile, tablet or laptop, as well as different browsers
- Provide solutions that correct the issues you’ve discovered
- Write up issue reports to keep for future reference
UK employment status
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- Written communication
- Problem solving
- Attention to detail
- Developing a plan
- Taking responsibility
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