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Working As A Test Developer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $101,273

    Average Salary

What Does A Test Developer Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become A Test Developer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Test Developer Career Paths

Test Developer
Quality Assurance Lead Senior Consultant Director Of Information
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Tester Quality Assurance Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Lead Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Lead Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Test Analyst Quality Assurance Senior Engineer
Principal Software Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant/Project Manager Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Analyst Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
Quality Assurance Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Tester Quality Assurance Lead
Quality Assurance Team Leader
6 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Design, Development Senior Software Engineer
Senior ETL Developer
5 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Test Analyst Quality Assurance Analyst Business Analyst
Senior Programmer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Tester Quality Assurance Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Analyst Quality Assurance Engineer
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Lead Quality Assurance Manager
Senior Quality Assurance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Business Analyst
Senior Systems Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Tester Software Test Engineer
Senior Test Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Test Specialist 3.1 years
Test Engineer 2.9 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Systems Tester 2.4 years
Developer 2.2 years
Test Analyst 2.1 years
Test Developer 2.0 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 12.9%
Consultant 6.3%
Programmer 5.3%
Tester 5.0%
Internship 4.6%
Trainee 3.6%
Top Employers After
Developer 11.0%
Tester 4.1%
Consultant 3.0%

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Test Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

61.3%

Female

35.1%

Unknown

3.6%
Ethnicity

White

44.3%

Asian

29.6%

Hispanic or Latino

10.9%

Black or African American

8.7%

Unknown

6.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.6%

French

10.2%

Russian

10.2%

Arabic

10.2%

Portuguese

6.1%

Chinese

4.1%

German

4.1%

Japanese

4.1%

Mandarin

4.1%

Italian

4.1%

Swahili

2.0%

Bulgarian

2.0%

Swedish

2.0%

Turkish

2.0%

Carrier

2.0%

Thai

2.0%
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Test Developer Education

Schools

Temple University

7.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

6.2%

University of Texas at Dallas

6.2%

University of Southern California

6.2%

San Jose State University

6.2%

The Academy

6.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.6%

University of South Florida

4.6%

University of Washington

4.6%

California State University - Los Angeles

4.6%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.6%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.6%

Ohio State University

4.6%

Johns Hopkins University

4.6%

Colorado Technical University

4.6%

Purdue University

4.6%

More Tech Institute

4.6%

Weber State University

4.6%

Northwest Missouri State University

3.1%

University of San Francisco

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

25.3%

Electrical Engineering

15.6%

Business

8.4%

Computer Engineering

8.4%

Computer Applications

6.6%

Information Technology

4.3%

Engineering

4.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.6%

Computer Information Systems

3.1%

Education

2.6%

Counseling Psychology

2.3%

Psychology

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering

2.3%

Information Systems

2.0%

Mathematics

1.8%

Management Information Systems

1.5%

Communication

1.5%

Linguistics

1.5%

Accounting

1.5%

Management

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.2%

Masters

38.3%

Other

12.1%

Doctorate

4.8%

Certificate

2.9%

Associate

2.0%

Diploma

0.7%
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Real Test Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manufacturing Test Developer Pure Storage, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 23, 2016 $150,000
Senior Test Automation Framework Developer MacYs.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 20, 2015 $134,638
Senior Test Automation Developer Randstad Technologies, LP San Francisco, CA May 27, 2014 $130,000
Developer In Test II-Visibility FDG Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 22, 2016 $130,000
SR. Test Automation Developer, Mobile MacYs.Com, LLC San Francisco, CA May 12, 2016 $117,770 -
$145,000
SR. Test Automation Developer, Mobile MacYs.Com, LLC San Francisco, CA Oct 11, 2016 $117,770 -
$145,000
Senior Test Developer Smart Technologies (Seattle) Inc. Seattle, WA Jan 09, 2016 $116,500
Manufacturing Test Developer Pure Storage, Inc. Mountain View, CA Apr 29, 2016 $115,000
Developer-Test Automation Workday, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Jul 25, 2015 $115,000
Senior Test Automation Developer MacYs.Com, LLC San Francisco, CA Aug 24, 2016 $114,587 -
$130,000
Development Tester Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC May 25, 2016 $112,819
Senior Test Automation Developer MacYs.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 26, 2013 $110,406 -
$125,000
Automated Test Developer Populus Group, LLC Scottsdale, AZ Apr 25, 2016 $107,272
Senior Test Automation Developer Intelliswift Software Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 20, 2015 $105,000
Automated Testing Developer Bluware, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 17, 2013 $92,726 -
$100,000
Senior Test Automation Developer Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company Omaha, NE May 17, 2013 $92,400
Test Developer NCS Pearson, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Oct 01, 2013 $92,000
Test Developer NCS Pearson, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Aug 13, 2013 $92,000
Development Tester Sas Institute Inc. Cary, NC Oct 15, 2016 $90,584 -
$100,000
Performance Testing Developer Sharpedge Solutions, Inc. Montgomery, AL Dec 14, 2015 $90,000
Test Automation Developer Johnson Controls, Inc. Milwaukee, WI Oct 08, 2016 $82,534 -
$106,300
Performance Testing Developer Amdocs Inc. Champaign, IL Sep 13, 2014 $81,000
Performance Testing Developer Amdocs Inc. Champaign, IL Sep 04, 2013 $80,000
Development Tester Sas Institute, Inc. Cary, NC Sep 06, 2013 $80,000
Performance Testing Developer Amdocs Inc. Alpharetta, GA Nov 19, 2013 $80,000
Amdocs Backend Tester/Developer Ignite Management Consultants LLC Richardson, TX Sep 06, 2014 $80,000
Amdocs Backend Tester/Developer Ignite Management Consultants LLC Richardson, TX Mar 06, 2014 $80,000
Performance Testing Developer Amdocs Inc. Wood Dale, IL Nov 19, 2013 $78,400

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Top Skills for A Test Developer

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  1. Test Plans
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Web
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  • Worked on Test Director 5.01 for creating test plans, documenting them and creating test cases and register the expected results.
  • Developed several database triggers, stored procedures, and functions using PL/SQL 2.1.
  • Performed manual testing of Windows and web-based application.
  • Assist in test development and maintenance during the migration of test procedures from Windows XP to Windows Vista.
  • Identified and resolved issues between business requirements and technical constraints, often involving other business analysts and technology staff.

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