Product Testers collect product samples, conduct tests to determine quality of produce and maintain records of results.

Specialisations: Coal Sample Tester, Glassware Verifier, Iron Pellet Tester.

You can work as a Product Tester without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Collects and labels samples for inspection.
  • Records details of sampling procedures and sources of samples.
  • Prepares samples and carries out prescribed tests.

More about Product Quality Controllers

All Product Quality Controllers

  • $1,314 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Product Testers

  • 1,600 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 87% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 27% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Product Testers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 1,500 in 2011 to 1,600 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Product Testers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Mining.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (87%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 27% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing36.5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services25.4
Mining10.6
Construction10.0
Other Industries17.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateProduct TestersAll Jobs Average
NSW32.631.6
VIC26.825.6
QLD24.220.0
SA6.07.0
WA7.210.8
TAS2.02.0
NT0.71.0
ACT0.51.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketProduct TestersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.6-5.05.0
20-248.9-9.39.3
25-3425.0-22.922.9
35-4422.3-22.022.0
45-5422.5-21.621.6
55-5910.8-9.09.0
60-646.3-6.06.0
65 and Over2.6-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationProduct TestersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate5.8-10.110.1
Bachelor degree18.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV24.4-21.121.1
Year 1219.7-18.118.1
Year 115.5-4.84.8
Year 10 and below13.9-12.512.5

You can work as a Product Tester without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Product Quality Controllers who pay attention to detail, can communicate clearly and work well in a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and Processing

    49% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  2. Mathematics

    47% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. English Language

    42% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Education and Training

    39% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. Computers and Electronics

    38% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Occupational Information Network
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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-9061.00 - Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    95% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

  2. Being Exact or Accurate

    92% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

  3. Time Pressure

    88% Important

    How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?

  4. Contact With Others

    88% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  5. Face-to-Face Discussions

    86% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-9061.00 - Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers.

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