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Quality Control Analysts

Also called: Lab Technician (Lab Tech), QA Auditor (Quality Assurance Auditor), QA Tech (Quality Assurance Technician), Quality Control Technician (QC Tech)

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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.
  • Calibrate, validate, or maintain laboratory equipment.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • chemistry
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • administrative services

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things

Personality

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
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Program testing software
  • Hewlett Packard LoadRunner
  • Selenium Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
  • Minitab Hot Technology
  • The MathWorks MATLAB Hot Technology
Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
  • Structured query language SQL Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$50,550
$30,050
$81,710
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