Quality Assurance Scientist

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What is a Quality Assurance Scientist

Quality assurance involves the analysis and evaluation of goods to make sure they meet high safety standards. This could involve you analysing a new kind of perfume or investigating the design process of an innovative insect repellent.

Top 3 job tasks:

  • Investigate the quality of unique products and make sure they are safe.
  • Assess scientific product trends and identify new sales opportunities.
  • Develop strategies that can improve product analysis.

Getting in and Qualifications


There are a number of routes you can take to starting a career as a Quality Assurance Scientist.

Useful subjects:

  • Chemistry
  • Science technology
  • Chemical engineering

A Foundation apprenticeship in Scientific Technologies or in Food and Drink Technologies in S5/6 can be a good starting point.

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you will need.


A science-related apprenticeship, such as a Modern Apprenticeship in Pharmacy Services, can be helpful. 

Quality Assurance Scientists often have a science degree in a related field. You can do an apprenticeship or develop lab skills with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry.

Practical work experience in a lab can improve your chances of finding a job in the industry. It is also common for Quality Assurance Scientists to gain higher qualifications such as a Masters or PH.D in chemistry.