Testing & Quality Assurance

Businesses of all kinds need skilled quality assurance testers to ensure apps, software programs and products they release live up to the high standards consumers expect. With more software being created than ever before—from video games to social apps to word processors—there’s a huge demand for QA Testers to ensure it all works.

Jobs: Testing & Quality Assurance

Job Industry: Testing & Quality Assurance

You will provide QA Management for the wider IT development team and implement a quality development framework across our platform. You will work across all projects to improve the outputs…

Kuala Lumpur

Permanent

Negotiable

Job Description * Provides expertise in the planning, constructing and execution of release tests and is responsible for applying business and functional knowledge to meet the team's overall test objectives.…

Kuala Lumpur

Permanent

RM72000.00 - RM120000.00 per annum

Roles & Responsibilities  Prepare test cases and perform internal application usability testing to ensure quality of change request based on user requirement  Coordinate User Acceptance Testing with end…

Shah Alam

Contract

RM48000.00 - RM66000.00 per annum

Opportunities for QA Testers

The development of multiple web and mobile applications has not only provided advantages to consumers (e.g. the usage of applications on the go), but it has also increased the demand for Testing and QA specialists in companies across Asia and worldwide. Fortunately for employers, there is no skill shortage within this sector and specialists for Testing & QA jobs can be found quickly. On the other hand, this does mean that those looking for these positions do face tough competition. 

Career progression for Testing & QA professionals may be to take the step into an SDET role, writing automated tests and creating manual test cases while other opportunities are open to QA testers as well. 

Popular Industries for QA Testers

Most positions in QA and Testing are offered by technical industries, including engineering, IT, telecommunications, construction and manufacturing. The roles are likely to be full-time and on a contract basis, joining and leaving a company when a project starts and finishes. Those few positions which are on a permanent basis usually offer lower salaries.

Recent changes in Testing and Quality Assurance

One of the biggest changes in QA Testing jobs is the shift from manual to automated testing. Due to this change, professionals in the field are expected to master various automation tools. Since every single tool has a particular purpose, engineers need to acquire a lot of knowledge about them, such as the ability to write scripts.

Future Prospects

The career progression for Testing & QA engineers can be rapid. The best way to get to the top is to gain as much work experience as possible, keep yourself up-to-date about the latest testing methods and systems and try to get some industry-specific qualifications. The salaries in this sector can be significant. The only disadvantage is that the time before a project deadline can become stressful and overtime might be required.

 

  • Salt's advice for getting a new Testing & QA job

     

    Employers’ Requirements

    Employers want three core skills from professionals in this field: prioritisation, inference and multi-tasking. Inference is the most important Test & QA specialist competency, as testers regularly need to ask themselves: “What can I infer from the project requirements?” Multitasking is another important quality for test engineers as they are usually not only confronted with one issue, but with several from different projects.

    CV Requirements

    A test engineer’s CV should assure hiring managers that the applicant has robust coding skills and is an expert in troubleshooting. The latter is extremely important because test engineers are expected to find the root cause of problems on a daily basis so that these problems can be solved for all situations which follow a certain pattern. Furthermore, you should make clear on your CV that you have the bigger picture in mind, as developers often focus so much on the development process that they might miss it.

    Job Interview Preparation

    According to the majority of Testing and QA professionals, interviews normally consist of a coding aspect and a couple of theoretical questions. Examples of the theoretical questions are listed below:

    1. What is the main difference between validation and verification?
    2. What is a frequent issue with software automation?
    3. What is the main difference between release and build?
    4. Could you please explain data-driven testing?
    5. Which test would you conduct for web-based applications

    Educational Requirements

    No specific qualifications are required for QA Testing roles, but coding skills and technical skills are essential. And though it isn’t strictly necessary, taking a degree in the subject relevant to the field in which you want to test can be very helpful. If you would like to work, for example, as a mobile testing engineer, you could do a degree in mobile engineering.

Top Tip

"Only include technology on your CV that you have genuinely used and are strong with. It will only be a negative if you claim to be experienced with a certain technology when you are not."

— Siew King Meng, Senior Consultant

Speak with Siew King Meng about Testing & Quality Assurance

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