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Software QA Analyst

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Uses quality assurance techniques to detect errors in a software product or process.

Job Outlook

There were 721 Software QA Analyst job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 17595 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Software QA Engineer / Tester industry, which includes the Software QA Analyst career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Software QA Analyst jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $72,466.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $73,222.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Software QA Analyst postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $60,968.

Education and Experience

Posted Software QA Analyst jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree6%
Bachelor's Degree70%
Master's Degree11%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other13%

Posted Software QA Analyst jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years31%
3 to 5 years54%
6 to 8 years11%
9+ years4%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Software QA Analyst positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (42%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (27%)
  • Problem Solving (27%)
  • Writing (26%)
  • Detail-Oriented (25%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Quality Assurance and Control (92%)
  • SQL (27%)
  • Software Development (21%)
  • Selenium (17%)
  • Software Testing (14%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Quality Management (19%)
  • Atlassian JIRA (17%)
  • Project Management (14%)
  • Scrum (14%)
  • Java (12%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Performance testing (7%)
  • Bug tracking (6%)
  • Black-box testing (3%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Software QA Analyst skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Quality Assurance
  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Quality Assurance Analyst II

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Software QA Analyst jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Deloitte (325)
  • ICF (283)
  • Wells Fargo (137)
  • Anthem Blue Cross (115)
  • UnitedHealth Group (107)

North Carolina

  • Pharmallies (24)
  • Wells Fargo (18)
  • Deloitte (16)
  • National General Insurance (13)
  • Laboratory Corporation of America (11)

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