What does a QA Analyst do?

A QA analyst is typically responsible for the testing phase of the production process to ensure that final products meet the company standards. Duties include identifying whether products are functional, reliable and meet the end user's expectations. Depending on the internal organizational structure of a company, the typical job progression for a QA analyst is in a managerial or executive role.

A bachelor's degree in a relevant field is required to become a QA analyst. In larger companies, a master of business administration is often preferred alongside extensive experience in quality control. Additional on the job training is usually provided by companies and successful candidates often hold keen attention to detail with strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Depending on the industry, a QA analyst may be required to sit or stand for long hours at a time.

  • Design and implement testing plans for products
  • Identify procedures and scenarios for the quality control of products and services
  • Process product reviews and inform the development team of defects and errors
  • Communicate quantitative and qualitative findings from test results to the development team
  • Monitor efforts to resolve product issues and track progress
  • Ensure that the final product satisfies the product requirements and meet end-user expectations
  • Spot areas for improvement to enhance the product's efficiency
  • Research the current market for similar products and compare results
  • Masters in business administration preferred
  • Extensive experience in quality control preferred
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Creative and innovative thinker
  • Diligent and meticulous
  • High regard for safety standards and quality control
  • Able to sit or stand for long hours at a time

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
14%
2 - 4
47%
5 - 7
18%
8+
21%

Common Skill Sets

Test Cases
Test Plans
Scripting
SQL Server
Test Scripts
Agile Methodologies
Selenium
Written Communication

QA Analyst Seniority Levels

L2
QA Analyst
CA$57,898/yr
L3
Senior QA Analyst
CA$76,322/yr
L4
Leader of Quality
CA$83,311/yr
Quality Engineer
35% made the transition
QA Engineer
35% made the transition
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QA Analyst Salaries

Average Base Pay

CA$58,194 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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CA$43k
Median: CA$58k
CA$79k
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