As a software tester, you are involved in the quality assurance stage of software development and deployment. You’ll conduct automated and manual tests to ensure the software created by developers is fit for purpose. Software testing involves the analysis of software, and systems, to avert risk and prevent software issues.
Your role is integral to the creation of software systems and technology products including vehicles, electronic goods, defense, and healthcare.
Ultimately software testers are employed to find bugs and issues within a product before it gets deployed to everyday users. You might work on bespoke, individual projects or multinational projects spanning the globe and be costing billions of pounds. You will need to be, or become, familiar with programming and be using coding languages. Assessing code is one part of the role of a software tester.
However, your work activities are likely to include:
- Meeting with system users to understand the scope of projects
- Working with software developers and project support teams
- Identifying business requirements
- Project planning
- Monitoring applications and software systems
- Stress testing
- Performance testing
- Functional testing
- Scalability testing
- Writing and executing test scripts
- Running manual and automated tests
- Testing in different environments including web and mobile
- Writing bug reports
- Resource planning
- Reviewing documentation
- Working towards departmental and project deadlines
- Quality assurance
- Providing objective feedback to software development project teams
- Designing tests to mitigate risk
- Presenting findings to software development and business user teams
- Working on multiple projects at one time
- Document analysis
- Communicating findings to technical and non-technical colleagues.