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How to Become a

Quality Technician

Also Known as:
QA Auditor (Quality Assurance Auditor), Lab Technician (Lab Tech), QA Lab Tech (Quality Assurance Lab Technician), Quality Control Lab Technician (QC Lab Tech), Microbiology Lab Analyst, Lab Analyst, Quality Control Analyst (QC Analyst), Laboratory Analyst, QA Tech (Quality Assurance Technician), Quality Control Technician (QC Tech)

What is a

Quality Technician

Quality Technicians ensure products meet the required quality standards before they are sold to consumers. They are in charge of examining materials and products to check for flaws and deviations from original specifications. Their responsibilities including reading specifications and blueprints, making recommendations for adjustments to assembly and production processes, determining whether to accept or reject items, inspecting and testing materials and products, and reporting on inspection results. Quality Technicians are involved in the entire course of manufacturing. They may inspect components before assembly, analyze trial products during development, or test finished goods. During these processes, they record and analyze the results in order to decide whether to certify or reject specific products. Some technicians use this data to solve production issues and recommend improvements. Other duties may include preparing inspection plans, training new technicians, and evaluating quality cost.
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Why Become

Quality Technician

U.S. Employment Demand Metrics
2018:
72,400
2028:
77,400
Percent Change:
7%
Projected Annual Job Openings:
9,400

Skills Needed

General Skills:
Quality Control Analysis Reading Comprehension Active Listening Complex Problem Solving
Technical Skills:
Analytical or scientific software Data base user interface and query software Development environment software Program testing software

What Will You Do as a

Quality Technician

Test quality of materials or finished products. Interpret research or operational data. Calibrate scientific or technical equipment. Maintain laboratory or technical equipment. Evaluate quality of materials or products. Inspect areas for compliance with sanitation standards. Record research or operational data.
U.S. Employment Demand Metrics
2018:
72,400
professionals
2028:
77,400
professionals
Percent Change:
7%
Projected Annual Job Openings:
9,400

How Much Can You Earn?

Average Yearly Salary
$63,940
Salary graph visually displaying average yearly salary.
$38,081
$63,940
$95,710

What Education Do You need?

People starting in this career usually have
Less than High School Diploma
3
%
High School Diploma or Equivalent
16
%
Some College, but No Degree
19
%
Associate's Degree
14
%
Bachelor's Degree
33
%
Masters Degree
11
%
Doctorate or Professional Degree
4
%

Common Past Positions

Quality Inspector Machine Operator Quality Control Inspector General Laborer

Common Next Positions

Quality Supervisor Quality Engineer Quality Supervisor Production Supervisor
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