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Discover a Career in Quality Assurance and Quality Control

16 APR 2012
Career Path : Food Safety and Quality

Your high school years are rapidly coming to a close and the question on everyone’s lips is what do you want to do when you grow up. The trouble is that, at your age, you haven’t even begun to hear of all the possible careers out there yet. You know that you like science, but you don’t picture yourself being happy forever ensconced in the academic world. And you are attracted to the business world, but you’d hate to let go of science completely. Maybe there is an answer for you that combines both of your passions: a career in quality assurance and quality control. Ask your guidance counselor about options in your area for food quality training and pharmaceutical quality training.

Quality assurance and quality control, what’s that?

Quality assurance and quality control are two distinct but related concepts:

  1. Quality assurance is a way of evaluating whether a product or service that is in development is meeting certain pre-determined criteria.
  2. Quality control is a way of evaluating whether a finished product or service meets certain pre-determined criteria.

Quality assurance and quality control are concepts that are said to have originated at munitions factories during World War II. Not even a century later, it would be impossible to imagine a world without them!

What kind of programs are there in quality assurance and quality control?

Actually, there are as many careers in quality assurance and quality control as there are industries, but, someone like yourself, who would like to keep one foot in the laboratory, and the other in the business world, may want to consider two in particular: food quality training and pharmaceutical quality training.

Food quality training

Food quality training teaches students the ins-and-outs of food safety in commercial kitchens and plants.

Food quality training includes courses on:

  • the microbiology of foodstuffs
  • chemistry
  • hygiene in plants

A diploma in food quality training prepares students for careers as:

  • testers of food products
  • developers of new food products
  • director of sanitation in food product plant

Pharmaceutical quality training

This kind of training teaches students how to evaluate pharmaceuticals, both in terms of their manufacturing process and their actual outcomes.

Pharmaceutical quality training includes courses on:

  • best practices in pharmaceuticals manufacturing
  • understanding clinical trials of pharmaceutical products
  • the chemistry of manufacturing
  • the world of health food store supplements
  • the laws regarding food and drugs
  • testing pharmaceuticals in the laboratory

This kind of training prepares students for careers:

  • working in a chemistry laboratory
  • advising pharmaceutical companies on their manufacturing processes
  • conducting literature reviews
  • analyzing lab results
  • auditing pharmaceutical products for quality
  • co-ordinating pharmaceutical evaluation projects

Do either food quality training or pharmaceutical quality training sound as though they may interest you? Find out more information today about these two lesser-known but potentially highly rewarding career paths.