Software Quality Assurance Engineer, Quality Engineer, Quality Assurance Analyst, Software Test Engineer

Minimum Preferably Bachelor?s degree in Science/Technology/Computers or any other graduate course

Certified training for QA Engineer (programme aligned to SSC/Q7002 released by IT-ITe

S SSC NASSCOM Sector Skill Council)

Work experience/internship in a related area of 0-2 years

The tasks a QA Engineer is expected to perform include:

Designing quality assurance, norms, standards and guidelines

Implementing quality assurance norms, standards and guidelines which are to be followed across the organization

Providing data/information in standard formats

Knowledge of the methods of collecting data or information for quality assurance and the ways to apply them

Proficient in analyzing data or information and the ways to use this analysis to identify risks to projects

Adept with identifying project risks and their potential or actual impact

Well-versed with the principles of project management and project lifecycle models

Knowledge of different quality tools in the organization and the ways to use them

Well-versed with the importance of completing work accurately and the ways to do the same

Certifications in TQM, ISO, etc. quality process

Problem solving skills

Good analytical skills

Creativity in design process

Interpersonal skills

Communication skills

Attention to detail

Team player

It is a desk job

Work from home option maybe available

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Travelling is not a part of the job

May need to handle a team

Working hours

Working hours are 8/9 hours everyday for 5/6 days a week. This may vary from company to company

Overtime is common

Shift system is available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?Maybe

This job is not considered to be hazardous or dangerous

Occupational hazards include strain on eyes, cervical and lumbar spondylosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, mental stress, etc.

For freshers - INR 25,000 to INR 30,000 per month

For candidates with 1-2 years of experience or more - INR 30,000 to INR 35,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Growth in Software Products of IT Sector in India

Software products form the fastest growing segment of the global IT industry, with the software spends forecast to grow from USD 294 billion in FY 2008 to USD 537 billion in 2015. Over the past 3 years, the annual revenue aggregate of Indian software product businesses has grown at a CAGR of 44%.

The growth is likely to be in the areas of Business Intelligence (BI), Enterprise Resource Management (ERM), Storage, Security, BFSI, telecom, healthcare, Retail, search engine marketing, mobile applications, social networking, and online gaming.

In the IT Exports segment, a large portion of the workforce is currently engineers and MCAs over 80%. The proportion of graduates of science and other streams engaged in software development is expected to show significant increase from about 5% to 10% currently to about 15% to 20%.

Based on the trends witnessed in productivity and the likely growth potential of the IT and ITES industry, it is expected that the industry would result in an incremental employment of about 7.5 million persons directly by 2022. This would definitely lead to an increase in employment opportunities for QA Engineers across towns and cities in India.

Companies working in IT and IT-enabled services

Multinational companies

Towns and cities across India