Quality assurance testers, or QA testers are hired by companies to ensure that end products comply with established quality standards. Mostly, quality assurance testers are hired by companies that deal in software development, but they are also hired to check retail products for quality conformance. To work at this position, one has to be especially analytic, and possess the knowledge of the industry where one is working.
Most quality assurance testers are hired once they have acquired a degree in business, and have had some experience in the QA department of a company. A major in quality control or quality assurance is usually a prerequisite for this position. If you are applying for a job in a software capacity, it is imperative for you to possess strong knowledge of software QA methodologies, tools and processes. In addition to this, you will need to be able to write clear, concise and comprehensive test plans and cases, along with possessing hands-on experience of using automated testing tools.
A quality assurance tester has to be meticulous by nature – being methodical is something that goes with the territory. Since there is a lot of analysis that one has to do, it is important for QA testers to be able to identify and record problems, and work them out as well. Here are some duties that you will be performing as a QA tester on any typical work day:
• Create and maintain a comprehensive database of known software test defects
• Design test plans and cases and execute them for functionality and device compatibility of software
• Update and execute regression, integration and systems testing as per functionality standards
• Prioritize test cases that need to be executed on deadline basis and ensure that they are properly run
• Plan, design and evaluate test cases and implement tests based on systems understanding and analysis of functional specifications
• Document and analyze test results to accurately assess product quality and effectively work to resolve issues
• Establish and maintain test data, and document and present detailed and summary test findings throughout the project lifecycle
• Maintain baseline test metrics for each application and component and handle defect tracking and reporting activities
• Find, research and report bugs, and execute both manual and automated tests, reporting defects according to established protocols
• Participate in quality control process enhancements, and ensure that standards and requirements are updated consistently
• Lead testing efforts, including business rules, calculations, data integrity and connectivity