Strong Growth Outlook for QA Engineers

Software QA engineering jobs are on a healthy growth track, with an estimated 100,000 new positions set be created through 2022. That’s higher growth than is anticipated for a number of other skilled technology jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Growth TrendThe strength isn’t a surprise. “More and more, QA engineers are a necessary part of any company’s tech team. These positions are an integral part to any software development platform,” notes Matt Miller, the Irvine, Calif.-based CTO of CyberCoders. Miller says demand for QA engineers is centered in tech-heavy markets such as San Francisco, San Jose, Austin and Seattle. The average national salary for a QA engineer is $75,444, according to the Dice Salary Survey.

For QA engineering candidates, Miller is seeing a high demand for skills in test automation, Selenium, Java, Python, Ruby, C++, Puppet or Chef.

In addition, he’s seeing more White and Black box testing. White box testing uses an application’s internal structures to design test cases and requires engineers to have programming skills. Black box testing takes an external perspective in order to test functionality.

In any case, fluency in code is becoming essential to successful QA engineering. “Test is moving into automation, and clients are looking for QA engineers who not only test, but code,” Miller says. “Clients need candidates who know how to code to automate, and not just leverage automation tools.”

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2 Responses to “Strong Growth Outlook for QA Engineers”

  1. I’d be grad to know where those “average” salaries for a QA engineer come from. How reliable is the the Dice Salary Survey, how many cities and full time professionals are involved.

    I am a UNIX production support specialist, six years of NYC experiece and due to the fact that my last job was off-shored… When my job was off-shored for “cost-savings”, the salary was < 75K.

    I found a job in Europe.
    Analysis of errors on production systems, bug replication, code fixings, sometimes new enhancements have to be coded, tested, handed over to QA team for further testing and approval. That kind of work for less than a third of those 75K. In simple languages, around 20K per year.

    Considering the non-sleeping labor arbitrage in the IT industry, it would be great to know if this 75K is a realistic average, for a QA specialist. Thanks!