Consumers who love playing a game, making a purchase via an app, or adding filters to their smartphone photos can also thank a QA tester for their positive experience.
QA (quality assurance) testers act as end users of a piece of software, and test, evaluate and troubleshoot any bugs or errors throughout the user experience. Any issue a QA tester finds with the software can then be logged by programmers.
QA testers usually work in a business-casual office environment. They may have to work longer hours as deadlines, such as a product release date, approaches.
A good QA tester will typically have strong analytical and communication skills in order to suss out any software problems and relay them to relevant colleagues, as well as be able to work well on a team and motivate himself or herself to complete tasks.
In Ireland, a QA tester can expect to earn an average annual salary of €31,696, according to PayScale.com.