Education & Work Experience Requirements
Many QA Engineer jobs will require applicants to have a degree in Engineering or Computer Science, however this is not the only way to get a QA Engineer role.
If you are looking to specialise in software engineering, you may also be able to take shorter, more targeted courses in software development and coding. There are even lots of courses and tutorials online for free, which means you could learn the basics through self-study.
Often QA Engineers start out in QA Tester roles, where the focus is more on the practical testing and data collection. Once these skills are cemented in a real-world environment, you will then develop skills that allow you to add on engineering responsibilities, such as creating the testing processes in the first place, and analysing their results.
QA Engineer Skillset
As well as having official qualifications, employers will look for a range of skills and experience in applicants. These might include, but are not limited to:
As a QA Engineer your role will be almost entirely based on a computer or software system, so you will need assured IT skills and be able to demonstrate these easily.
Depending on if you are working as a QA Engineer for a software development company, or somewhere that manufacturers physical products, the need for coding will be different. If you are working on software, you’ll need to be a coding whizz.
If you love working out strategic ways to win at games and the thought of solving complex and often hidden problems doesn’t faze you, you will be well suited to a career in QA Engineering.
Analysing long and technical data is a huge part of the role of a QA Engineer, so you’ll need to be adept at combing through coding or designs with a fine-tooth comb.