What does a QA Engineer do?

A QA engineer is responsible for the creation of tests to identify issues with software before the product launch. Duties include identifying and analyzing any bugs and errors found during the test phase and documenting them for review after. Other tasks include developing and running new tests, reporting on the results and collaborating with software developers to fix program issues. Depending on the internal organizational structure, QA engineers may progress to a managerial or executive position.

A bachelor's degree in computer science is often required to become a QA engineer with an expected proficiency in computer programming languages such as Java, Python, SQL, C++ and XML. Strong working knowledge of Linux and Microsoft Windows is a must along with extensive experience in software development and testing. Due to the nature of the job, a QA engineer must be able to sit in front of a computer for long hours at a time.

  • Create tests to identify software problems
  • Analyze bugs and errors found during tests
  • Document results of tests for the software development team
  • Recommend improvements in software to enhance user experience
  • Motivate the development process for efficiency and performance
  • Works together with the software developer to enhance and improve programs
  • Research and compare similar competitor products
  • Maintain updated knowledge of industry trends and advancements
  • Extensive experience in software development and testing
  • High proficiency in computer technology and programming languages
  • Strong knowledge of Linux and Microsoft Windows
  • In-depth understanding of Java, Python, SQL, C++ and XML
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Great team player and able to work efficiently with minimal supervision
  • Able to sit in front of a computer for long hours at a time
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

QA Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$85,418 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $85K
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QA Engineer Career Path

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“I have had a great opportunity to really focus on improving my skills and using my expertise to help others.”

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“Such a great place to work and an awesome bunch of people to work with.”

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

When working as a qa engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Selenium, Javascript, Agile Software Development, Test Automation and Test Cases.

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

The most common qualifications to become a qa engineer 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.