Test Analyst Kaitātari Whakamātautau

Test analysts design and carry out testing processes for new and upgraded computer software and systems, analyse the results, and identify and report problems. 

Test analysts may choose to become certified through professional associations such as IT Professionals or the Australia New Zealand Testing Board.

Test analysts may do some or all of the following:

  • design and develop tests for software and systems to detect faults
  • keep written records of defects and bugs that are discovered during testing
  • analyse the defects and bugs to identify what is causing them
  • develop or recommend solutions to fix any problems discovered during testing
  • track the success of the solutions
  • keep software and systems documentation up to date.

Physical Requirements

Test analysts spend a lot of time using computers, so it is important that they know how to use computer equipment properly to avoid occupational overuse syndrome (OOS).

Useful Experience

Useful experience for test analysts includes:

  • work with computers or programming
  • research and analysis
  • quality control or assessment work
  • IT internships and graduate recruitment programmes.

Personal Qualities

Test analysts need to be:

  • methodical, accurate and patient
  • able to work well under pressure, and meet deadlines
  • able to work well as part of a team, and with minimal supervision
  • skilled at problem solving
  • skilled at verbal and written communication.

Skills

Test analysts need to have knowledge of:

  • programming methods and technology
  • computer software and systems
  • project management.

Conditions

Test analysts:

  • usually work full time and often work evenings and weekends, or might be on call
  • work in offices in conditions that may be stressful because they sometimes work to strict deadlines
  • may travel locally or overseas to meet clients.

Test Analysts can earn around $70K-$98K per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Test Analyst are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Pay for test analysts varies. According to AbsoluteIT, test analysts in the:

  • lowest-paid group earn an average of $70,000 a year
  • middle pay range earn an average of $82,000
  • highest-paid group earn an average of $98,000.

Test analysts working on contract earn an average of $75 to $95 an hour.

Source: AbsoluteIT, 'Tech Remuneration Report', January 2018.

Test analysts may progress to become lead testers or testing managers, or move into a general management role.

Years Of Training

1-3 years of training usually required.

There are no specific requirements to become a test analyst. However, you usually need at least one of the following:

  • a tertiary qualification in computer science, information systems or business computing
  • a relevant industry-based certification such as International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) Certified Tester
  • on-the-job training through internships and graduate recruitment programmes
  • experience in related entry-level IT roles such as security administrator or helpdesk administrator.

You can also learn through online courses and tutorials, and work on your own projects.

If you are a graduate from other fields, you can gain a fast-tracked IT-related qualification through ICT Graduate Schools.

Test Analyst

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