Software Tester

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A software tester carries out manual and automated tests on software at the quality assurance stage of software development. They identify bugs and issues and ensure that software is fit for purpose before it is released to the end users. Other job titles include test analyst and quality assurance (QA) tester.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Pay rates vary widely, depending on:

The starting salary can be in the range of £18,000 to £25,000 a year. With experience, this can rise to between £30,000 and £40,000 a year. Senior or lead software testers can earn up to around £65,000 a year, sometimes more.

If you work freelance, your income will vary, depending on the contracts you get.


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Getting In

There are jobs in almost all industries, including retail, IT, education, the media, central and local government, finance, the telecommunications industry and health care. Jobs are advertised in the press and on the internet.

What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On

More Information

If you are considering a career in IT, take a look at the Tech Future Careers website. You will find the video case studies of workers and general information on the industry useful.

For more information please see the organisations listed below:


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