Quality assurance technicians


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


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


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.

Typical 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.

Common job titles

Engineer, evaluation
Technician, test
Coordinator, control, quality
Analyst, quality
Technician, ndt
Analyst, control, quality
Technician, quality
Technician, testing, non-destructive
Technician, quality, water
Officer, assurance, quality
Auditor, technical
Technician, assurance, quality
Technician, control, quality
Coordinator, assurance, quality
Coordinator, QA
Auditor, assurance, quality
Coordinator, quality
Officer, quality
Technician, materials

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.