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Consumer scientists provide a key link between manufacturers and consumers. Their work involves researching the aspirations, tastes and preferences of consumers and they give advice to retailers on ways of improving design, production and quality of an item or service. They are frequently involved in areas such as food production and provide consumer advice, education and health promotion.
Businesses and companies that may hire consumer scientists include banks, supermarkets, food manufacturers and supermarkets.
A consumer scientist may also be involved in writing articles on health issues or new products, developing quality assurance procedures, marketing specific products and researching what consumers are interested in.
Salaries may start at around £18,000 while a person in a senior management position could earn £50,000 or more.
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