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Career Story: Software Testing Engineer For A Healthcare Company

Software Testing Engineer For A Healthcare Company

Job Title: IT Engineer

Type of Company: I work for healthcare company which provides dialysis services.

Education: Bachelor's degree

Previous Experience: I started as quality assurance consultant for a software company.

Job Tasks: Key responsibilities and duties: - Read documentation about the product. - Understand the product. - Test and verify the product to see that it works as it should.

Typical day on the job - Project is assigned to you so you are responsible to test / verify that it's working as per specification or not. - Schedule meeting with the developer and business analysts to understand the project. - Prepare document showing what you're going to test in this project. - Prepare test data set. - Understand priorities and the importance of each job. Sometimes you may have to work on multiple projects. - Test the product and if you find any issues or irregularities, work with developers to get them resolved. - Once all the issues are resolved, test the product again to make sure changes did not break anything else which was working before. - Hand over to user acceptance testing group. - Once product has passed through all these phases, it goes in production

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: Best Part of job: I get to learn new things and new technology. It is exciting work. You work with developers to reproduce issues and to figure out the root cause. You are working with many different groups: business analysts, developers, systems analysts, team members. It is fun to work with knowledgeable people.

The worst part? Sometimes it's meeting deadlines. If developers don't finish on time, a product comes for testing with a little time spare to meet your deadline....so it gets difficult during that phase.

Job Tips: Learn SQL write basic SQL statements. Learn to use database access tools (TOAD)

Take courses to learn automated testing (QA) tools, including QTP, WinRunner, LoadRunner. Practice this on any application like Word, Windows Calculator.

Read basic QA definitions on internet.

Get some basic knowledge of JAVA, .Net, C++.

You should know some basic programming. (At the least, you should have some idea of logical thinking.)

Learn how to write test case documents, business requirements, technical specification.

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