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.

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.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful school subjects include digital technologies, maths, physics and English.

For Year 11 to 13 students, the Gateway programme is a good way to gain industry experience.

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

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

Test Analyst

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