Software QA Engineer / Tester
What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
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.
There were 3401 Software QA Engineer / Tester job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 78073 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 2012:
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.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $88,470.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $87,408.
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 $78,079.
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.
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 Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||20%|
|3 to 5 years||51%|
|6 to 8 years||19%|
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.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (36%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (25%)
- Writing (22%)
- Problem Solving (21%)
- Planning (19%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Quality Assurance and Control (51%)
- Selenium (25%)
- Java (23%)
- SQL (22%)
- Software Development (22%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Scrum (14%)
- Linux (10%)
- Microsoft C# (9%)
- Project Management (9%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Scenario testing (7%)
- Bug tracking (7%)
- Apache Jmeter (6%)
- Unit Testing (4%)
- TestNG (4%)
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
- Quality Assurance Tester
- Test Engineer
- Software Test Engineer
- Senior Test Engineer
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.
- Software QA Lead
- Software QA Analyst
- Senior Software Developer / Engineer
- Software Developer / Engineer
- Performance Engineer
- Mobile Developer / Engineer
- Automation Engineer
- Senior Java Developer / Engineer
- Application Developer / Engineer
- C / C++ Developer / Engineer
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.
- Amazon (710)
- Humana (678)
- Pearson (638)
- Party City (637)
- Deloitte (604)
- Cynet Systems (71)
- IBM (43)
- Infosys (28)
- Cisco Systems Incorporated (22)
- Bank of America (22)
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!