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What is an Automation Tester?

Also referred to as an Automation Test Engineer or a Test Automation Developer, an Automation Tester is responsible for the design, development, and testing of programs that run automated tests of hardware and software throughout the development cycle.

They write and execute scripts in order to reduce the hands-on component of testing, allowing companies to allocate more resources to the development and maintenance of the technology or application.


What should be included in an Automation Tester job description?

A typical Automation Testers job description should include, but is not limited to:

  • Design, develop and run scripts
  • Collaborate with Software Developers and QA Analysts
  • Investigate issues, bugs, and feedback as they arise
  • Prepare reports and analysis
  • Use test automation frameworks

What skills and qualifications should an Automation Tester have?

A highly technical role, Automation Testers need to have a high level of IT knowledge. A tertiary education is not required, but expert knowledge in several relevant programming languages is essential.

Automation Testers should also be able to demonstrate:

  • Experience with software testing tools, like Selenium
  • Understanding of the latest trends, standards, and developments

Soft skills should include:

  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Detail-oriented
  • Time management
  • Organisation
  • Customer service

How much does an Automation Tester earn?

$80,000 - $130,000

An Automation Tester salary is determined typically by the number of years of experience, soft and technical skills, and the scale of responsibilities in the organisation. To find out what an Automation Tester is earning this year, download our complimentary Robert Half Salary Guide.

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