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Quality Control Analysts

Also called: Lab Tech, Lab Technician, Quality Assurance Technician, Quality Control Technician

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What they do:
Conduct tests to determine quality of raw materials, bulk intermediate and finished products. May conduct stability sample tests.
On the job, you would:
  • Conduct routine and non-routine analyses of in-process materials, raw materials, environmental samples, finished goods, or stability samples.
  • Interpret test results, compare them to established specifications and control limits, and make recommendations on appropriateness of data for release.
  • Perform visual inspections of finished products.


Math and Science
  • chemistry
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • see hidden patterns


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Dependability
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Program testing software
  • Borland SilkTest
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Test Professional
Data base user interface and query software
  • dBASE
  • Microsoft Access
Analytical or scientific software
  • Laboratory information management system LIMS software
  • LabWare LIMS


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
some college
usually needed

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