Quality assurance technicians make sure that an organization's products meet quality standards before going out to consumers. Quality assurance technicians can specialize in any product, from food to software. They handle the technical aspect of quality assurance testing by inspecting products and ensuring that they conform to private and governmental regulations. They also handle the administrative aspect of quality assurance testing by logging results and documenting compliance. Quality assurance technicians need strong attention to detail to spot any errors. They also need strong interpersonal skills to work with other technicians and quality assurance engineers to design and implement tests.
Many quality assurance technicians have only a high school diploma or an associate's degree. However, earning a bachelor's degree in business or engineering makes it easier to find a job. Quality assurance technicians earn an average salary of $34,163 a year, but those with college degrees may earn more.
Quality assurance technicians usually need a few years of experience working in quality control or manufacturing before being qualified for this position.