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Software Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Duties & Responsibilities
A QA engineer’s duties can be diverse and comprehensive. They generallyperform the following tasks with some regularity: * Document test cases * Perform and document risk analysis * Record test progress and results * Code automated tests * Create test plans * Develop standards and procedures to determine product quality and release readiness * Discover bugs within software * Drive innovation and streamline overall testing processes * Identify, isolate, and track bugs throughout testing * Identify any potential problems that users might encounter * Perform manual and automated testing * Research and analyze product features being tested * Research new tools, technologies, and testing processes * Review user interfaces for consistency and functionality
Software Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salary
Software and computer technology tend to be higher paying fields. * Median Annual Pay: $88,510 ($42.56/hour) * Top 10% Annual Pay: More than $139,390 ($67.02/hour) * Bottom 10% Annual Pay: Less than $46,240 ($22.23/hour)Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017
Software Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Skills & Competencies
A software quality assurance engineer must have strong skills in a variety ofcategories: engineering and technology, math and science, verbal and writtencommunication, problem-solving, reasoning and logic, and practical skills.These can include: * Communication skills: Clear and accurate written and verbal communication is a must, but a quality software assurance engineer must also have more than a little tact. Your job will be to tell other professionals that they’ve done something wrong and that the program or app they’ve put time, money, and emotion into creating doesn’t work right. That’s something nobody wants to hear. * Ability to work as part of a team: You might not be the only software quality assurance engineer at your company, and you’ll certainly be working with other programmers and members of other departments. You must understand and appreciate their goals and objectives and, in some cases, explain problems and necessary solutions. * Time management skills: Part of working on a team means working within other people’s timelines and finishing your work within reasonable deadlines. You won’t know when a problem might arise, so keeping on schedule can require strong time management skills.
Job growth in this field is expected to be about 5% to 9% through 2026. It’sexpected that more than 22,000 jobs should be added from 2016 through 2026.
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Comparing Similar Jobs
While most similar jobs are in the technology industry, others are not.Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 201710 Fastest Growing Jobs In CaliforniaHome health and personal care aides is the fastest growing job in California,with employment … [+] nearing 600,000.gettyThe job market is still very much in a state of flux as we move deeper into2021. According to the latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics(BLS), nonfarm payroll employment declined by 140,000, though the unemploymentrate of 6.7% is essentially unchanged. With the economic outlook still veryhazy, we wanted to focus on the positives in the world, specifically, what arethe fastest growing jobs right now.Looking at BLS data from 2014 to 2019 (the most recent year available), weanalyzed the growth in employment of thousands of jobs over the last fiveyears. Working on a state level, all occupations were evaluated in terms oftheir percentage growth and absolute growth in numbers from 2014 to 2019. Jobswere then ranked for a list of the fastest growing jobs in each state. One ofthe more interesting cases was California. Its top-10 fastest growing jobs area mix of occupations reflecting national trends and other occupations that aretaking off for reasons more particular to California. Read on to find out thefastest growing jobs in California.
Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers
2014 Employment: 106,6602019 Employment: 249,6205-Year Employment Change: 134%Software developer jobs are very popular in California, which should come asno surprise, as are related occupations like software quality assuranceanalysts and testers, application developers, and systems software developers.In California, employment of software developers has exploded, more thandoubling over the last five years, from a little over 106,000 in 2014, tonearly 250,000 by 2019. The average software developer salary in California isquite solid, $134,370 per year, with an hourly average rate of $64.60,according to the BLS. Of course, California by far employs the most softwaredevelopers in the U.S., with a distant second place going to Texas where109,510 are employed.
Computer Occupations, All Other
2014 Employment: 21,9402019 Employment: 83,2705-Year Employment Change: 280%This is a very unusual occupational category from the BLS. According to theBLS’s Occupational Employment Statistics (OES), “computer occupations, allother”, is basically a catchall category for computer occupations that don’tfit other, more specific labels. Thus, “computer occupations, all other”excludes jobs such as: * Computer and information systems managers * Computer hardware engineers * Electrical and electronics engineers * Computer science teachers, postsecondary * Special effects artists and animators * Graphic designers * Health information technologists and medical registrars * Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairersWhatever the job calls for, computer occupations, all other, pays fairly well.In California, the mean annual wage is $104,580, certainly higher than thenational average ($92,410), but also not as high as it might seem due toCalifornia’s high cost of living.
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
2014 Employment: 287,0902019 Employment: 393,4605-Year Employment Change: 37%It’s a fairly convoluted way of saying people who work often in movingmaterials to and from storage and production areas, loading docks, deliverytrucks, ships, and containers. All this movement requires keeping track ofpackages and package numbers, on top of the physical labor. On a nationallevel, the employer of hand laborers and freight, stock, and material moversis growing very tepidly. But in California, over the last five years, jobgrowth has been substantial, with employment increasing by more than 106,000jobs since 2014.
Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers, All Other
2014 Employment: 6,7102019 Employment: 23,5805-Year Employment Change: 251%This is another broad occupation, comprised of food preparation and servingrelated workers who don’t fit the other listed categories under foodpreparation and service. For instance, “food preparation and serving relatedworkers, all other” does not include fast food workers, or bartenders, orwaiters and waitresses. Instead, it’s a more ambiguous job, its growth perhapsa reflection of innovations in the restaurant industry.
19. Ophthalmologists (except pediatric) and all other physicians
Africa Studio/ShutterstockProjected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 18,500Median annual earnings in 2020: At least $208,000 (exact median estimate forMay 2020 is not available)Typical educational requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
1. Software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers
Software developers are one of the best future jobs. NgampolThongsai/EyeEm/Getty ImagesProjected new positions between 2019 and 2029: 316,000Median annual earnings in 2020: $110,140Typical educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree