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User Acceptance Tester Career

How to Become a User Acceptance Tester

The job of a user acceptance tester (UAT) begins when a software company finishes the development of an app, program, or website prior to its release to the public. UATs serve as beta testers who assess a program to ensure that it functions to the standards of the business requirements, that it’s not missing any important features, and that it’s free of bugs. To accomplish these objectives, UATs plan and conceptualize the necessary tests that make sure software operates properly in real-world usage. 

UAT testing is essential to software development. If software is released for public use before it’s ready, it can cost businesses major losses and irreparable damage to their brand. Microsoft experienced this kind of damage when they released Windows Vista in 2007. The operating system reduced PC performance and caused many internet problems for users. Just a few short months after this disastrous software release, Dell started offering “downgrades” to the OS’s predecessor, Windows XP. This flop knocked Microsoft off-kilter as the leader in computer software, leaving them vulnerable to competitors like Apple. As companies do their best to avoid these setbacks, UAT jobs will always be in demand. Keep reading to learn more about what it takes to be a UAT and the relevant job responsibilities, education requirements, salary expectations, and job outlook. 

What Is a User Acceptance Tester?

UATs provide test results and advice during the life cycle of software development, ensuring that impact analysis occurs and is communicated to and understood by all relevant parties. UATs lead teams in executing test plans, scenarios, scripts, and procedures, as well as testing system modifications to prepare for implementation. They may also develop system testing programs that address database impacts, software scenarios, or usability. As a final step in the process, UATs document and report software defects when they arise so that modifications can be made before an official release to end users.

UATs are responsible for creating a UAT strategy, which must include the following components:

  • Out-of-scope situations worth testing
  • Expectations for the test
  • General agreements about the standards for passing
  • How to carry out the test
  • Owners and participants
  • Scope of work
  • Venue or platform used

What Does a User Acceptance Tester Do?

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User acceptance testing is the final phase of the software development process. In making certain that the software meets the necessary specifications and is ready for release, UATs have the following responsibilities:

  • Plan and control testing methods, such as integration testing and regression testing.
  • Create test profiles and test concepts.
  • Coordinate test case creation, test execution, and test resources.
  • Set up and carry out deviation management in test projects, including documentation of the interim and final results.
  • Create test-specific status reports and final reports.
  • Create the risk table and responsibility for test-specific risk management.
  • Achieve the overall technical and functional acceptance and overall approval.
  • Document the test execution and communicate with developers regarding the deviations.
  • Participate in creating professional and technical test cases.
  • Recommend modifications with end users in mind.
  • Document the test results and deviations.

How Do I Become a User Acceptance Tester?

User acceptance testing is a highly technical and important job, so professionals are expected to have a good education and some job experience before they enter the field. The steps to become a professional UAT include: 

WGU’s computer science and IT bachelor’s degrees will put you on the right track towards success in this career. In either degree program, you’ll gain the essential tools to solve problems, impact industries, and face a new challenge each day. Upon graduation, you’ll have background knowledge in designing, developing, and optimizing systems that will meet current and future industry needs. This kind of education will lay a strong foundation for you to thrive in your career as a UAT.

  • Acquiring UAT skills through an internship or a part-time role. 

In your early career, you’ll want to focus on building up your software testing experience in internships and entry-level positions. Even while you’re in the process of earning your degree, you can start applying for internships. Keep reading to learn the skills that every UAT needs.

  • Considering a master’s degree in computer science, IT, or engineering. 

If you envision yourself as a leader in your field, you should consider getting a master’s degree in computer science, IT, or engineering. WGU’s master's in IT management builds on what you learned in your bachelor’s degree and equips you to lead an effective testing team. Today’s employers are looking for skilled IT professionals to lead at every level of the organization. If you feel like you’re suited to lead a UAT department, then this is the degree for you. You’ll take courses in leadership, technology operations and integration, sourcing, risk, planning, influence, finance, solutions development, and project management with a global perspective on emerging technologies, practices, and methodologies.

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What Skills Does a User Acceptance Tester Need?

Software companies depend on UATs as the last line of defense against failed product releases. It’s important that they have a comprehensive set of skills so their employers have peace of mind that they can do the job effectively.

These skills include:

  • Ability to write test documentation such as test plans, scripts, and reports.
  • Strong technical skills and abilities including databases and SQL.
  • Knowledge of software development life cycle (SDLC).
  • Skilled at testing process and methodologies.
  • Good problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Ability to create UAT test plans, cases, and scripts.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong multitasking abilities and time management skills.

How Much Does a User Acceptance Tester Make?


The salaries of UATs in the U.S. range from $73,200 to $109,800, with a median salary of $91,500.

What Is the Projected Job Growth?


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the employment of software developers, quality assurance analysts, and testers is projected to grow by 22% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. Over the course of the decade, this will equate to about 189,200 new jobs each year, on average. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or retire.

Where Does a User Acceptance Tester Work?


Most UATs work in the computer systems design industry. Many also find themselves working in other fields such as manufacturing or software publishing. They often work in offices and in teams with other software developers and UATs. Some UATs even work remotely.

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