Career outlook for trading standards officer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would advise on and enforce the laws on the buying, selling, renting and hiring of goods and services. This keeps trading fair and protects consumers and businesses.
You could cover a range of issues, such as:
- Consumer safety
- Animal welfare
- Fake goods
- Product labelling
- Weights and measures
- Under-age sales
In some jobs you might be involved in all aspects of trading standards work. You could also specialise in just one area.
Your duties would vary, but you might:
- Visit local traders and businesses for routine checks or to look into complaints
- Take samples of goods for testing
- Check that weighing scales and measures are accurate, for example alcohol measures in pubs
- Make sure that labelling is correct and advertising is honest
- Find unsafe electrical goods and toys
- Advise consumers and businesses about the law
- Investigate suspected offences - these could need undercover or surveillance work
- Prepare evidence and go to court in prosecution cases
- Give talks, write reports and keep records
You would need to have in-depth knowledge of relevant legislation, and stay up to date with any developments.
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