Quality Control Analyst

What do Quality Control Analysts do?

Quality control analysts ensure a company's goods and the materials used to make them meet production standards. They spend time testing and evaluating a business's materials and completed product samples, rejecting materials and products that don't meet government or company standards.

Average Wage

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Experienced Wage

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As a Quality Control Analyst, you will

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
Compile laboratory test data and perform appropriate analyses
Complete documentation needed to support testing procedures, including data capture forms, equipment logbooks, or inventory forms

Training & Educational Opportunities

Education and training requirements vary with the responsibilities of the quality control worker. For inspectors or analysts who perform pass/fail tests of products, a high school diploma and some in-house training are generally sufficient. Workers usually receive on-the-job training that typically lasts for as little as 1 month or up to 1 year. Training for new inspectors may cover the use of special meters, gauges, computers, and other instruments; blueprint reading; safety; and reporting requirements. There are some short-term post-secondary training programs available, and some may lead to certifications such as the Inspection & Quality Control certification from NIMS.

Training Providers

  • College of DuPage
  • Harper College
  • Richard J Daley College
  • Symbol Training Institute
  • Waubonsee Community College

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Types of Employers

  • Manufacturers
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Food Production and Packagers
  • Laboratories and Testing Facilities

Advancement Opportunities

  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Management Analyst
  • Internal Auditor

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