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Software QA Engineer / Tester

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Software QA Engineer or Tester designs and runs in-depth diagnostic tests to evaluate software and check for problems before new products are marketed. Pilots software and applies tests to check for errors and glitches.

Job Outlook

There were 1266 Software QA Engineer / Tester job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 28182 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Software QA Engineer / Tester industry, which includes the Software QA Engineer / Tester career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Software QA Engineer / Tester 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 $92,422.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $92,515.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Software QA Engineer / Tester postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $75,071.

Education and Experience

Posted Software QA Engineer / Tester 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 Degree5.85%
Bachelor's Degree55.47%
Master's Degree10.94%
Doctoral Degree1.32%
Other5.81%

Posted Software QA Engineer / Tester 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 years20.92%
3 to 5 years45.74%
6 to 8 years22.45%
9+ years10.9%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Software QA Engineer / Tester 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.

  • Safety Assurance (40.5%)
  • Communication (37.24%)
  • Quality Assurance (35%)
  • Management (25.8%)
  • Problem Solving (24.37%)
  • Detail Oriented (17.78%)
  • Writing (15.77%)
  • Leadership (15.07%)
  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (14.94%)
  • Planning (14.87%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Test Tools (11.33%)
  • Agile Methodology (36.28%)
  • Test Automation (50.86%)
  • Automation (50.52%)
  • Software Testing (25.41%)
  • Computer Science (32.68%)
  • Regression Testing (17.04%)
  • Selenium (Software) (25.84%)
  • Test Case (9.9%)
  • Test Planning (41.45%)
  • Scenario Testing (9.35%)
  • Manual Testing (10.41%)
  • Postman API Platform (8.41%)
  • API Testing (8.55%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Java (Programming Language) (24.38%)
  • Git (Version Control System) (10.05%)
  • JavaScript (Programming Language) (12.51%)
  • Auditing (10.7%)
  • JIRA (20.82%)
  • Software Development (19%)
  • Acceptance Testing (8.7%)
  • Application Programming Interface (API) (17.87%)
  • Business Requirements (8.41%)
  • C# (Programming Language) (8.93%)
  • Continuous Integration (8.49%)
  • Amazon Web Services (8.84%)
  • Operating Systems (3.95%)
  • Version Control (5.64%)
  • Quality Management (8.78%)
  • Debugging (10.53%)
  • DevOps (9.32%)
  • Software Development Life Cycle (11.3%)
  • Linux (6.18%)
  • Python (Programming Language) (17.57%)
  • Scrum (Software Development) (17.09%)
  • Project Management (14.58%)
  • Test Execution Engine (8.47%)
  • Functional Testing (9.13%)
  • CI/CD (14.58%)
  • Software Quality (SQA/SQC) (25.7%)
  • Software Engineering (14.78%)
  • Test Engineering (7.62%)
  • Test Data (12.15%)
  • Process Improvement (8.69%)
  • Web Services (8.51%)
  • Systems Development Life Cycle (11.18%)
  • Scripting (15.39%)
  • SQL (Programming Language) (25.63%)
  • Performance Testing (13.04%)
  • Jenkins (10.98%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Non-Functional Testing (1.36%)
  • Cucumber (Software) (9.14%)
  • Selenium Webdriver (4.02%)
  • Defect Tracking (4.34%)
  • REST Assured (4.14%)
  • Bug Tracking And Management (4.17%)
  • Code Coverage (6.23%)
  • Exploratory Testing (2.28%)
  • Apache JMeter (8%)
  • HP Loadrunner (4.81%)
  • Test Strategy (7.32%)
  • Load Testing (3.93%)
  • Test Probe (3.09%)
  • TestNG (5.64%)
  • SoapUI (4.86%)
  • Test Management Tools (5.02%)
  • Test Management (3.93%)
  • Appium (6.01%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Automation (70.14%)
  • Code Coverage (8.64%)
  • Computer Science (45.37%)
  • Defect Tracking (6.02%)
  • Apache JMeter (11.11%)
  • Regression Testing (23.65%)
  • Scenario Testing (12.98%)
  • Test Management (5.46%)
  • Test Management Tools (6.98%)
  • TestNG (7.83%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Quality Assurance Engineer
  • Software Quality Assurance Consultant
  • Automation Tester
  • Software Development Engineer in Test
  • Software Tester
  • Quality Assurance Tester
  • Performance Tester
  • Software Quality Assurance Engineer
  • Software Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Test Engineer

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 Engineer / Tester jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Randstad (447)
  • Aveanna Healthcare (433)
  • Wolters Kluwer (433)
  • Pearson Education (305)
  • Cognizant Technology Solutions (266)
  • Nelnet (227)
  • Ryder (224)
  • Guidehouse (222)
  • Kforce (217)
  • Deloitte (215)

North Carolina

  • Randstad (63)
  • Wells Fargo (24)
  • Genesis10 (24)
  • Vaya Health (21)
  • Cognizant Technology Solutions (20)
  • Actalent (18)
  • Chandra Technologies (16)
  • Epic Games (15)
  • Cynet Systems (15)
  • Labcorp Drug Development (14)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!