What does a QA Tester do?

Quality assurance testers are primarily responsible for checking new software products, clearing them for defects or issues. Quality assurance testers run various software tests to ensure it meets standards and guidelines before it can be marketed to consumers. They identify issues and run debugging programs when needed, and they generate reports, work with software developers to correct problems, and upgrade databases as required. Quality assurance testers run various tests on new software products, identify problems, and run debugging programs to fix issues.

Quality assurance testers record all defect details and create and distribute reports that outline the found defects found and steps taken to resolve the issues. They maintain this documentation using changelogs to track software and application defects, recognizing similar problems and providing quick resolutions. They assist software developers with the design process and assess risk and resolve issues before the new software is complete. Quality assurance testers need a bachelor's degree in computer information science or computer science.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

QA Tester Salaries

Average Base Pay

£26,016 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £26K
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QA Tester Career Path

Learn how to become a QA Tester, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Eleos TechnologiesEleos Technologies
Software QA Tester
24 Feb 2021

“I love working at Eleos because every bit of work that we do matters and it is full of great people”

Game Tester
30 Jun 2021

“Why game testing is a rewarding job and a great way to start your career in games”

Junior Game Tester
12 Jan 2021

“Pay is minimum but then my role was as a Junior Game Tester and I had no experience.”

Euro Communications DistributionEuro Communications Distribution
Mobile Phone Tester
29 Sep 2020

“I am shy by nature but the work and people I worked with has really helped with my confidence.”

Manual QA Tester
7 Apr 2021

“Having both of the co founders know everyone by name off of the bat is really nice.”

Freedom MortgageFreedom Mortgage
QA Lead Tester
14 May 2020

“Freedom Mortgage is The best places to work I found so far all the places I been to.”

Smart PensionSmart Pension
QA Tester
3 Dec 2019

“I believe this is largely a result of the engineering management so hopefully this is something which can be changed.”

Cognizant Technology SolutionsCognizant Technology Solutions
16 Mar 2021

“Salary hike is depend upon rating so if you are not having personal relationship with manager then nothing can happen.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a qa tester

When working as a qa tester, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Reviews, GOOD Communication, Attention To Detail, Test Cases and Test Plans.

The most similar professions to qa tester are:
  • QA Manager
  • QA Engineer
  • Quality Manager
  • QA Analyst

The most common qualifications to become a qa tester is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.