Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers

risk level
Based on 367 votes
by year 2032
or $48.94 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

44% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

User poll

53% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 44% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers' job openings is expected to rise 20.8% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers' was $101,800, or $48 per hour

'Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers' were paid 111.8% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 203,040 people employed as 'Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers' within the United States.

This represents around 0.13% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 747 people are employed as 'Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers'.

Job description

Develop and execute software tests to identify software problems and their causes. Test system modifications to prepare for implementation. Document software and application defects using a bug tracking system and report defects to software or web developers. Create and maintain databases of known defects. May participate in software design reviews to provide input on functional requirements, operational characteristics, product designs, and schedules.

SOC Code: 15-1253.00


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Nishant (Low) says
Few mundane tasks definitely can be automated. I guess robots fail where human judgement is of highest quality
Sep 13, 2023 at 01:09 AM
Ariel (Low) says
I worked in the videogame software functionality quality assurance since 2014 and we already started working along some automated parts a long time ago. Thing is you still need a human to be creative about how to break the game and how other humans will take advantage of the games mechanics to break it. Nvm all the random crap humans do in games that automation cant anticipate a human will do?

Yes many low level positions will go away but specialists at my level who already work with some automation assistance aren't going anywhere. At the end of the day, we're the safety net in the software tech industry. Specialized testers I mean
Jun 23, 2023 at 07:27 AM
Master of the Lamp (Highly likely) says
ChatGPT is changing the world and can already do my job better than I do!
And we are at 2023 not 2030!
May 10, 2023 at 03:56 PM
Bob (No chance) says
Automated testing is checking. Humans are better
May 08, 2023 at 07:35 PM
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May 08, 2023 at 06:10 PM

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