Information & Communication Technology

Test Analyst/Site Reliability Engineer (IT)

Test analysts or site reliability engineers test IT products and software to ensure they work effectively before being released or sold.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Test Analyst/Site Reliability Engineer (IT) do?

Test analysts or site reliability engineers test IT products and software to ensure they work effectively before being released or sold.

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Work activities

As a test analyst / site reliability engineer, you would:

  • ascertain what hardware or software items need to be tested
  • devise appropriate testing methods to gather data required
  • undertake comprehensive testing
  • collect and collate test data
  • evaluate and analyse data and pass results onto developers and designers.
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Key skills and interests

To become a test analyst / site reliability engineer, you would need:

  • good analytical skills
  • accuracy and attention to detail
  • a thorough understanding of potential software failures and faults
  • a challenging and enquiring mind
  • the ability to explain technical matters in non-technical language
  • knowledge of the system or application to be tested.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a test analyst, you would work a standard number of hours per week with necessary overtime to meet deadlines.

Conditions

You would be based in an office or home office, and would spend your day working independently at a computer.

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How to become an Test Analyst/Site Reliability Engineer (IT)?

Entry Level Education

To become a test analyst, you would usually need a bachelor's degree or a master’s degree in an IT related area such as computer science, web development or computer programming.

Entry into these courses usually requires a senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, maths and computing would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.

Having previous experience can also help you obtain a role. You may also be required to demonstrate previous work you have done.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of test analysts and reliability engineers is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.

Test analysts are likely to see new opportunities because of an increase in the number of products that are now computerised, and need to interface with existing computer systems; and because of the number and type of IT systems and software will continue to grow and need testing before products can be released for public use.

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