Projected Growth: Faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Conduct tests to determine quality of raw materials, bulk intermediate and finished products. May conduct stability sample tests.
Common job titles of Quality Control Analysts include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
43.16% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
20.99% said they needed a Some College Courses.
Complete documentation needed to support testing procedures, including data capture forms, equipment logbooks, or inventory forms.
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.
Monitor testing procedures to ensure that all tests are performed according to established item specifications, standard test methods, or protocols.
Receive and inspect raw materials.
Conduct routine and non-routine analyses of in-process materials, raw materials, environmental samples, finished goods, or stability samples.
Ensure that lab cleanliness and safety standards are maintained.
Identify quality problems and recommend solutions.
Perform visual inspections of finished products.
Compile laboratory test data and perform appropriate analyses.
Perform validations or transfers of analytical methods in accordance with applicable policies or guidelines.
Supply quality control data necessary for regulatory submissions.
Serve as a technical liaison between quality control and other departments, vendors, or contractors.
Investigate or report questionable test results.
Write technical reports or documentation, such as deviation reports, testing protocols, and trend analyses.
Coordinate testing with contract laboratories and vendors.
Identify and troubleshoot equipment problems.
Participate in out-of-specification and failure investigations and recommend corrective actions.
Review data from contract laboratories to ensure accuracy and regulatory compliance.
Evaluate analytical methods and procedures to determine how they might be improved.
Prepare or review required method transfer documentation including technical transfer protocols or reports.
Write or revise standard quality control operating procedures.
Develop and qualify new testing methods.
Participate in internal assessments and audits as required.
Train other analysts to perform laboratory procedures and assays.
Evaluate new technologies and methods to make recommendations regarding their use.
Ultrasonic thickness gauges
Ultrasonic flaw detectors
Total organic carbon TOC analyzers
Torque wrenchesAll Tools
Textile moisture meters
Surface profile gauges
Laser facsimile machines
High performance liquid chromatography systems
Gel electrophoresis systems
Dew point meters
Coating thickness gauges
Bolt tension meters
Data entry software
Extensible markup language XML
Hypertext markup language HTML
Microsoft SharePointAll Technologies
Microsoft SQL Server
National Instruments LabVIEW
Relational database management software
The MathWorks MATLAB
Hewlett Packard LoadRunner
Hewlett Packard QuickTest Professional
IBM Rational Functional Tester
IBM Rational Robot
Laboratory information management system LIMS
Micro Focus TestPartner
Microsoft Internet Information Service IIS
Microsoft Visual Studio Test Professional
SAP BusinessObjects Crystal Reports
SmartBear Software AutomatedQA TestComplete
Test automation software
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.