Profession software tester

Software testers perform software tests. They may also plan and design them. They may also debug and repair software although this mainly corresponds to designers and developers. They ensure that applications function properly before delivering them to internal and external clients.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Software anomalies

    The deviations of what is standard and exceptional events during software system performance, identification of incidents that can alter the flow and the process of system execution.

  • Software architecture models

    The set of structures and models needed to understand or describe the software system, including the software elements, the relations between them and the properties of both elements and relations.

  • Software metrics

    The metrics that measure a characteristic of the software system in order to determine the development of the software and evaluate it.

  • Levels of software testing

    The levels of testing in the software development process, such as unit testing, integration testing, system testing and acceptance testing.

Skills

  • Provide software testing documentation

    Describe software testing procedures to technical team and analysis of test outcomes to users and clients in order to inform them about state and efficiency of software.

  • Report test findings

    Report test results with a focus on findings and recommendations, differentiating results by levels of severity. Include relevant information from the test plan and outline the test methodologies, using metrics, tables, and visual methods to clarify where needed.

  • Execute software tests

    Perform tests to ensure that a software product will perform flawlessly under the specified customer requirements, using specialised software tools. Apply software testing techniques and tools in order to identify software defects (bugs) and malfunctions.

  • Perform software unit testing

    Test single units of source code to determine whether or not they are suitable for use by creating short code fragments.

  • Replicate customer software issues

    Use specialised tools to replicate and analyse the conditions that caused the set of software states or outputs reported by the customer in order to provide adequate solutions.

  • Address problems critically

    Identify the strengths and weaknesses of various abstract, rational concepts, such as issues, opinions, and approaches related to a specific problematic situation in order to formulate solutions and alternative methods of tackling the situation.

Optional knowledge and skills

r smalltalk php execute integration testing software components libraries ict project management methodologies objective-c scala abap groovy c# sap r3 develop ict test suite use scripting programming visual basic javascript c++ common lisp linq conduct ict code review python query languages audit techniques hardware components ict debugging tools typescript cobol ruby ajax lean project management microsoft visual c++ process-based management perform software recovery testing agile project management java ict performance analysis methods perl plan software testing asp.net assembly debug software apl coffeescript computer programming pascal matlab openedge advanced business language ml prolog lisp application usability manage schedule of tasks continue learning develop automated software tests n1ql mdx vbscript scratch ldap resource description framework query language sas language swift tools for ict test automation measure software usability haskell unstructured data xquery sparql erlang

Common job titles

  • Atm software tester
  • Qa tester - manual
  • Junior tester
  • Quality assurance software tester - mobile
  • Software tester
  • Qa tester
  • Manual qa tester
  • Qa tester (contract)