Product quality controllers mainly assess and examine manufactured products and primary produce to ensure conformity to specifications and standards of presentation and quality.

Where product quality controllers are employed

Product quality controllers work in all sectors of the economy, but especially in the manufacturing and processing industries. They are usually experienced workers who have worked their way up through the company.

Many private organisations and government departments have developed or are developing formal quality assurance and continuous improvement programmes.

There is a growing trend with employers seeking graduates who can coordinate quality systems rather than simply carry out quality assurance inspection.


Full-time product quality controllers in South Australia generally earn between $600 and $999 per week.

Graph of pay scales for Product Quality Controllers

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 941 people employed full-time as product quality controllers in South Australia compared with 1,224 in 2006.

How to become one

You can work as a product quality controller without formal qualifications. You may get some informal training on the job. However, entry into this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in quality auditing. Entry to these courses usually requires you to gain your South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) with relevant professional experience.

See courses related to this occupation.

For more information see traineeships. Ask your career adviser about starting this training at school.

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Career information has been sourced from government publications. See data sources for more information.
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