QA (Quality Assurance) and Safety Employment & Careers
What is a quality assurance job?
Quality assurance professionals assess, analyse and aim to either maintain or improve the level of quality of their businesses practices, services or products. While the role is more common in the engineering and manufacturing industries, they can be found in nearly every field, from IT to the food service industry.
Their role is to implement strategies, promote initiatives or design processes to ensure that quality goals are being met.
Quality assurance jobs require a high level of understanding and experience in the professional’s field – after all, they have to be able to differentiate different levels of quality. They should also have an understanding of current best-practices processes in their areas, and a keen interest in experimenting and testing different methods in order to achieve success.
Those in quality assurance should, at a minimum, hold a qualification or degree in the field they’re in – for example, a QA engineer should hold an engineering degree. Currently, there aren’t too many formal qualifications specifically for QA, however, there are many courses and workshops available for those who wish to explore this career option. In this field it’s recommended professionals are constantly learning and educating themselves in order to expose themselves to many ideas and options.
Roles and salary
As mentioned previously, quality assurance can be found in nearly every field and salary will depend greatly on the level of expertise and experience required for these roles. The salary for QA professionals can range from around 44,000 per year to 100,000 per year.