Software Tester

Average Salary: £28,000 - £33,000
Competition: HIGH
Years Experience: 1-4 years

Job Summary

Software can make the most difficult tasks seamless. You know you can turn your heating off from your phone? It’s incredible! But, the road to making a piece of software is not so smooth! As a Software Tester, you’ll be making sure that software is fit for purpose, by carrying out various tests and checking for bugs. All to ensure you can use your fancy programs without any problem. Just imagine if you came home and it was as hot as the fires of Mordor! Software Testers rule.


When testing software, it’s important for the Software Tester to act as if they’re the customer. Usually they’ll be responsible in doing the following:

  • Meeting with system users and project leads to understand requirements of the business and clients
  • Creating and preparing test scripts based on testing requirements
  • Setting up the test environment by building and trialing manual and automated tests
  • Executing test scripts, ensuring that every function is used to produce accurate results
  • Writing reports on test results, identifying any bugs
  • Advise on necessary software modifications and improvements

Key Skills & Characteristics

A Software Tester should:

  • Have excellent written and verbal skills
  • Have an attention to detail whilst have a natural curiosity
  • Be creative when problem solving
  • Possess effective planning and time-management skills
  • Have an analytical and logical mindset
  • Show strong technical skills and be able to learn quickly

Entry Routes

Becoming a Software Tester has never been most needed in this software dominated world! Although there is a common route, there are a lot of technical skills that are needed to become a Software Tester. Completing a degree in a computer science or IT related degree is highly recommended. It would also be beneficial to get a head start in learning some programming languages and systems, such as:

  • SQL
  • Java
  • Selenium
  • HTML
  • .NET
  • C++

Different employers will expect you to have gained a good understanding of a few programming languages and systems. Some may even want to draw on your practical experiences in the field. So gaining work experience from summer placements and internships will make it easier to get your foot through the door.

Job Progression

Junior Software Tester

Software Tester

Senior Software Tester

Lead Software Tester

Project Manager

Advice From Our Experts

The Good

  • Projects – You get to work on a variety of exciting projects
  • Problem Solving – There’s something really rewarding about solving issues
  • Ever-learning – You’re always learning on the job

The Bad

  • Repetitive – The work itself can be quite repetitive at times
  • Credit – Sometimes they can be overlooked for the hard work they’ve done
  • Upgrading Skills – Can be frustrating having to constantly update your skills due to changes in technology