ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Quality Assurance Job Description- Responsibility, Role, Duties as well as Job Skills

Updated on October 6, 2014

Quality Assurance Specialist Job Description

The primary function of a quality assurance specialist is to maintain the quality standards of a company’s products or services. They also establish the frequency and kinds of tests to be performed, determine the standards by which quality will be judged, and make recommendations to improve the quality control process. Quality assurance specialists may also inspect purchases made from suppliers and keep records of a particular supply’s performance.

Industries That Need Quality Assurance Specialists

A quality assurance specialist testing a solution.
A quality assurance specialist testing a solution.

Industries That Need Quality Assurance Specialists

Quality control specialists work in a wide range of industries that depend on the skill and know-how of a quality assurance specialist. These industries include:

  • Government departments, both local and national.
  • Manufacturers (electronics, cars, consumer products)
  • Food companies and agribusinesses.
  • Oil, gas, and mining companies.
  • Construction companies.
  • Energy companies.
  • Pharmaceutical and Healthcare companies.
  • Information Technology (software and hardware).

Duties of Quality Assurance Specialist

Quality assurance specialists improve manufacturing processes.
Quality assurance specialists improve manufacturing processes.
  • Establish criteria standards for evaluation.
  • Asses the quality of products based on pre-defined standards.
  • Document any lapses in quality.
  • Collaborate with engineers in order to improve product quality
  • Troubleshoot problems in the production process.
  • Divert any products that fail to meet rigorous quality standards.
  • Checks processes, supplies, and equipment for compliance with company regulations, and industry practices.
  • Evaluates the functionality and efficiency of the processes and products.

Training for Quality Assurance Jobs

Quality assurance specialists work on a team.
Quality assurance specialists work on a team.

There is no specialized degree program or course of study required to become a quality assurance specialist. Often a high-school diploma or GED, along with some in-house training, is all that's necessary.

However, depending on the industry, secondary education may prove to be helpful. For instance, In the IT industry, a degree in computer science, or knowledge of programming languages such as C++, Javascript, Python, or SML, would have a leg up over other applicants. Likewise, those with a background in the natural sciences may be better suited to do quality assurance work in a laboratory setting.

Skills Needed for Quality Assurance Specialist

Quality assurance specialists require a certain skill set to be effective at their jobs. These skills include:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Top-notch analytical skills (particularly with mathematics).
  • Be able to work collaboratively and as part of a team.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • A sharp eye for detail.
  • Familiarity with relevant technical information and equipment.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      3 years ago

      i appreciate your good services ,thank you


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)