Quality Control Engineers and Technicians

Quality control engineers plan and direct procedures and activities that will ensure the quality of materials and goods. They select the best techniques for a specific process or method, determine the level of quality needed, and take the necessary action to maintain or improve quality performance. Quality control technicians assist quality control engineers in devising quality control procedures and methods, implement quality control techniques, test and inspect products during different phases of production, and compile and evaluate statistical data to monitor quality levels.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Plan and direct procedures and activities that will ensure the quality of materials and goods (engineers); work with engineers to design, implement, and maintain quality systems (technicians)
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Scientific
  • Technical
Skills
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Quality Control Director, or Operations Manager, or Professor
  • Quality Control Engineer
  • Quality Control Technician

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