Job Explained: Quality Assurance (QA) Tester

25 July 2019

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What is a QA Tester? How much do QA Testers earn? How do you get your first job as a QA Tester and what’s the long-term career potential? In this job explained profile we explore everything you need to know about QA Tester jobs. . .

What is a Quality Assurance (QA) Tester?

Quality Assurance (QA) Testers are accountable for assessing software quality such as systems, applications and features pre-release. QA focuses on delivering quality products to the customers. Technicians will report any known bugs and technical issues to determine whether the product meets the specified requirements. As the tech sector continues to boom, QA Testers will play a major role in ensuring quality standards are maintained.  

You may also come across these job titles similar to a Quality Assurance (QA) Tester:

  • (Entry - Junior – Senior) QA Tester
  • QA Automation/Manual Engineer
  • QA Analyst
  • QA Engineer
  • QA Test Manager
  • Lead QA Test Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Tester
  • Software Test Analyst
  • Software QA Lead
  • Systems Tester

What does a Quality Assurance (QA) Tester do in the online gambling sector?

Within online gambling, a Quality Assurance (QA) Tester can be charged with reviewing and analysing test specifications for games, platforms and the systems they’re run on. Depending on the company, QA testers operate across the full software development lifecycle, working with cross-functional teams to create logs and documentation of tests conducted for defects and bugs. QA testers in gaming are focussed on maintaining high quality and are committed to delivering memorable gaming experiences.   

The pros and cons of Quality Assurance (QA) Tester as a career

Pros

Cons

Entry-level career opportunity in the gaming industry

● Excellent career progression in line with years of experience

 

Complexity of work can require a problem-solving aptitude

Strong technical awareness required

● Must have ABL (Always Be Learning) philosophy in a rapidly advancing industry

How much do Quality Assurance (QA) Testers earn?

Entry level QA testers can earn on average €25k. More mid-level positions - requiring 3-5 years of experience can earn up to €45,000, while senior specialists can command a salary of €60,000+.

What qualifications do you need to become a Quality Assurance (QA) Tester?

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering or ISQTB/ISEBF Certification OR Relevant technical experience
  • Strong IT skills such as Java, .NET or C# plus test management software (qTest, Zephyr and SQL)
  • (If above entry-level) Experience in industry dealing with a team of engineers to develop effective strategies and test plans
  • Key skills including analytical processes, problem-solving, attention to detail, project management and QA methodology

How do I get a job as a Quality Assurance (QA) Tester?

QA Tester jobs require you to have great deal of programming knowledge and so it’s key that you develop personally. You’ll find QA Tester jobs advertised online, including entry, junior and senior positions. Be sure to include all relevant qualifications and experience when writing your CV - and don’t forget to send us a copy too, as we often have exclusive and unadvertised QA jobs.