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Quality assurance technicians

£16,120 Average salary at age 20
£32,760 Average Salary
35 Average hours per week


Quality assurance technicians perform a variety of technical inspections and testing and monitoring tasks to detect processing, manufacturing and other defects.

Main Tasks

  • Sets up scientific, electronic, or other technical equipment to perform functional and inspection tests;
  • Analyses and interprets the results of tests undertaken and writes up reports upon completion;
  • Supervises the work of routine inspection staff and notes any defects reported;
  • Assists quality control engineers in undertaking production audits;
  • Liaises with production engineers and staff to maintain the quality of output and to develop quality management systems.


Entrants normally possess GCSEs/S grades, a BTEC/ SQA award or A levels/H grades. Training is typically received on-the-job, supplemented by training courses where instruction in specific techniques is required. Various industry-specific NVQs/SVQs encompass aspects of quality control.

What Quality assurance technicians studied in higher education

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What Quality assurance technicians studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(C9) Others in biological sciences1
(B2) Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacy4
(W2) Design studies3
(L3) Sociology1
(C1) Biology5
(H3) Mechanical engineering3
(F1) Chemistry16
(C8) Psychology2
(J4) Polymers & textiles1
(C5) Microbiology1
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments2
(W3) Music1
(F6) Geology1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences2
(D4) Agriculture2
(A3) Clinical medicine1
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry3
(Q3) English studies2
(H8) Chemical, process & energy engineering1
(L2) Politics1
(K2) Building2
(F9) Others in physical sciences1
(C4) Genetics1
(H1) General engineering2
(N5) Marketing1
(W4) Drama1
(M2) Law by topic1
(J9) Others in technology2
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport1
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine5
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology2
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences3
(V5) Philosophy1
(F3) Physics1
(I6) Games2
(B4) Nutrition2
(N1) Business studies3
(X3) Academic studies in education1
(D6) Food & beverage studies5
(N4) Accounting1
(C6) Sport & exercise science3
(N2) Management studies3
(V1) History by period2
(N3) Finance1

UK Prospects

45700 Workforce Size
0.73% Predicted growth 2023 - 2027
3133 Predicted Replacement 2023 - 2027

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