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Quality Analyst

Quality Analyst (QA) is a way of preventing mistakes and defects in manufactured products and avoiding problems when delivering products or services to customers; which is defined as "part of quality management focused on providing confidence that quality requirements will be fulfilled". This defect prevention in quality analyst differs subtly from defect detection and rejection in quality control, and has been referred to as a shift left as it focuses on quality earlier in the process i.e. to the left of a linear process diagram reading left to right.

The Quality Analyst (QA) role in terms of software development is the role responsible for guaranteeing a level of quality for the end client, and to help the software development team to identify problems early in the process. It is not surprising that people in this role are often known as "testers". Of course, the role is more than just testing.

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People want to hire QA engineers with the same level of skill their normal engineers have. If you are not a good programmer and don't enjoy programming, you will not have a happy and successful career doing QA. Tests that are poorly written will fail to catch errors, will catch errors that don't exist, and will generally bog down the process. Errors by definition are things the programmers failed to catch. If you hire bad engineers to do your QA, they won't catch the errors either. So programming knowledge is a prerequisite if you want a career as a QA.In software QA, employers increasingly want to have a combination of technical, business, and personal skills. By technical skills they mean skills in IT, Quantitative Analysis, Data Modeling, and Technical Writing. By business skills they mean skills in strategy and business writing. By personal skills they mean personal communication, leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving skills. Every company requires QA to test their products. Companies are not recruiting QA; they are assigning the same work for the developers and testers. If you have the above combination then your career path as QA is well laid out

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