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Software Tester (m/f/d)

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Software testers: supporting software development processes

Software testers check software solutions for errors and malfunctions prior to their launch. They develop concepts enabling smooth software testing processes, use testing tools and assess the user-friendliness of software.

Which opportunities do software testers have on the labour market?

They do not only work in the IT area, but also in the automotive, insurance or banking industry, for instance. Software testers with a good command of different programming languages and testing tools have good career opportunities. Extensive communication skills and good foreign language skills additionally foster their opportunities. Software testers are particularly in demand in system houses, in the wholesale area as well as in the software, telecommunications, media and electrical engineering industry. Learn more about your opportunities!

What are the tasks and responsibilities of software testers?

Software testers are specialists who check new applications, websites or application programmes for errors. All software functions must be thoroughly checked at least once. For this purpose, software testers must first develop an appropriate concept for ensuring a smooth software testing process. As the tests are also intended for checking the user-friendliness, software testers must be able to assess whether the software is easy to understand and intuitive to use. In addition to this, they also examine all relevant security aspects, which are becoming increasingly important when it comes to new software applications.

Another key task of software testers is to communicate with developers. In this context, they must be able to explain problems by using technical terms and prepare test protocols and reports.

  • Development of concepts to ensure optimal software testing processes
  • Checking new computer programmes, applications and websites for errors
  • Assessment of the user-friendliness of new software
  • Examination of security aspects
  • Preparation of test protocols and reports

Which hard skills and soft skills should software testers have?

Software testers should have very good knowledge of IT and excellent skills in using different scripting and programming languages. Expertise forms the basis of the communication between software testers and developers.

  • IT expertise and skills in using common scripting and programming languages
  • Methodological skills and industry expertise
  • Analytical skills
  • Good communication skills and team spirit
  • Perseverance
  • An accurate way of working

What is the average salary of software testers?

The average starting salary of software testers is EUR 40,000 per year, but it can rise to EUR 50,000 to EUR 74,000 later on; with a Master’s degree, the salary is approximately EUR 10,000 higher on average. Currently, software testers are best paid in the wholesale area and food industry.

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As a software tester, you check software solutions for errors prior to their launch. Moreover, you analyse user-friendliness and security aspects and thus support developers with the introduction of perfect products. We help you find a job enabling you to make the best possible use of your qualifications. Learn more about the benefits of finding a job with Hays!

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