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Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers - 15-1253.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Develop and execute software tests to identify software problems and their causes. Test system modifications to prepare for implementation. Document software and application defects using a bug tracking system and report defects to software or web developers. Create and maintain databases of known defects. May participate in software design reviews to provide input on functional requirements, operational characteristics, product designs, and schedules.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Application Integration Engineer
  • Computer Consultant
  • Information Technology Analyst (IT Analyst)
  • Product Assurance Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Analyst (QA Analyst)
  • Software Quality Assurance Engineer (SQA Engineer)
  • Software Quality Engineer
  • Software Test Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Test Engineer

SOC Occupation Groups

15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Occupations
15-1200 Computer Occupations
15-1250 Software and Web Developers, Programmers, and Testers
15-1253.00 Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers

Related Occupations


  • Collaborate with field staff or customers to evaluate or diagnose problems and recommend possible solutions.
  • Conduct historical analyses of test results.
  • Conduct software compatibility tests with programs, hardware, operating systems, or network environments.
  • Coordinate user or third-party testing.
  • Create or maintain databases of known test defects.
  • Design or develop automated testing tools.
  • Design test plans, scenarios, scripts, or procedures.
  • Develop or specify standards, methods, or procedures to determine product quality or release readiness.
  • Develop testing programs that address areas such as database impacts, software scenarios, regression testing, negative testing, error or bug retests, or usability.
  • Document software defects, using a bug tracking system, and report defects to software developers.
  • Document test procedures to ensure replicability and compliance with standards.
  • Evaluate or recommend software for testing or bug tracking.
  • Identify program deviance from standards, and suggest modifications to ensure compliance.
  • Identify, analyze, and document problems with program function, output, online screen, or content.
  • Install and configure recreations of software production environments to allow testing of software performance.
  • Install, maintain, or use software testing programs.
  • Investigate customer problems referred by technical support.
  • Modify existing software to correct errors, allow it to adapt to new hardware, or to improve its performance.
  • Monitor bug resolution efforts and track successes.
  • Monitor program performance to ensure efficient and problem-free operations.
  • Participate in product design reviews to provide input on functional requirements, product designs, schedules, or potential problems.
  • Perform initial debugging procedures by reviewing configuration files, logs, or code pieces to determine breakdown source.
  • Plan test schedules or strategies in accordance with project scope or delivery dates.
  • Provide feedback and recommendations to developers on software usability and functionality.
  • Recommend purchase of equipment to control dust, temperature, or humidity in area of system installation.
  • Review software documentation to ensure technical accuracy, compliance, or completeness, or to mitigate risks.
  • Store, retrieve, and manipulate data for analysis of system capabilities and requirements.
  • Test system modifications to prepare for implementation.
  • Update automated test scripts to ensure currency.
  • Visit beta testing sites to evaluate software performance.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze data to identify or resolve operational problems.
  • Analyze data to identify trends or relationships among variables.
  • Assess database performance.
  • Collaborate with others to determine design specifications or details.
  • Collaborate with others to resolve information technology issues.
  • Compile technical information or documentation.
  • Create databases to store electronic data.
  • Develop detailed project plans.
  • Develop performance metrics or standards related to information technology.
  • Develop testing routines or procedures.
  • Document design or development procedures.
  • Document operational activities.
  • Evaluate utility of software or hardware technologies.
  • Install computer software.
  • Manage documentation to ensure organization or accuracy.
  • Modify software programs to improve performance.
  • Monitor computer system performance to ensure proper operation.
  • Prepare data for analysis.
  • Provide customer service to clients or users.
  • Provide recommendations to others about computer hardware.
  • Read documents to gather technical information.
  • Recommend changes to improve computer or information systems.
  • Report maintenance or equipment problems to appropriate personnel.
  • Test computer system operations to ensure proper functioning.
  • Test software performance.
  • Troubleshoot issues with computer applications or systems.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Computer Systems Programming (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Computer Systems Programming Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Computer Systems Programming Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Computer Systems Programming Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Computer Systems Programming Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Warfare Operations (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Warfare Operations Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Warfare Operations Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Warfare Operations Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Warfare Operations Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Warfare Operations Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Digital Computer System Programmer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Fire Controlman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Software Analyst (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Software Engineer