Trading Standards Officers enforce the law in connection with the way that goods and services are bought, sold, hired and rented. They cover a range of issues including consumer safety, fake goods, misleading labelling, under age sales and animal welfare.
They may visit local traders and businesses to routinely check that they are complying with the law, investigate complaints, check measures and scales are accurate in pubs for example and investigate suspected offences.
Trading Standards Officers usually work for a local authority.
- You require 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent, though some authorities may ask for 2 A levels
- You will then study for professional qualifications while working.
- If you have already have a degree in consumer protection, you can apply for a job as a graduate trainee trading standards officer.
- Any degree subject will allow you to become a TSO, however - degrees in consumer protection or law can exempt you from some professional examinations.
- Experience of legal, retail or advice work will be beneficial.
- Good written and spoken communication skills
- the ability to talk to people from all backgrounds
- good observation skills and attention to detail
- the ability to understand technical and complex data
- a good knowledge of current legislation
- the ability to be assertive when required
- sound judgement and decision making abilities
- able to work on your own initiative
£19,000 to £90,000