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Quality Assurance/Tester

Find out how to become a quality assurance/tester and work in the information technology industry. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Quality Assurance/Tester is $69,000 - 93,800 annually


Quality assurance/testers work to test, debug and refine software to ensure its suitability for purpose. They work with software engineers and other IT professionals. Employment for quality assurance/testers to 2019 is expected to grow very strongly. Employment in this small occupation grew very strongly over the last five years.

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Key skills

Quality assurance testers ensure that software is working to a high standard before it is distributed for use. They generally work in larger organisations.

  • Draw control flow diagrams to demonstrate software structure
  • Test software in a wide range of scenarios
  • Ensure that software is user-friendly and meets expectations
  • Respond to bug reports should these occur (usually through beta testing)
  • Communicate with end users and management to safeguard high standards
  • Write and review operation manuals and other instruction documents

Quick facts

Working as a quality assurance/tester allows you to utilise your high level computer and analysis skills to solve problems and make important decisions.

  • Average Hours Worked
    37.7 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours
  • Main Industries
    Information technology
  • Average qualification level
    Recommended qualification levels for quality assurance/testers start at certificate IV level

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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