Quality Control Analysts

Conduct tests to determine quality of raw materials, bulk intermediate and finished products. May conduct stability sample tests.

Median Annual Wage: $44,650

Education: Bachelor's degree (43%); High school diploma or equivalent (21%); Some college, no degree (21%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Lab Technician; Quality Control Analyst; Quality Control Technician; Analyst Microbiology Lab; Analytical Lab Analyst; Ethanol Quality Leader; Lab Tech; Laboratory Analyst; Micro Lab Analyst; Quality Assurance Technician

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  • 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.
  • Calibrate, validate, or maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Participate in out-of-specification and failure investigations and recommend corrective actions.
  • Investigate or report questionable test results.
  • Receive and inspect raw materials.
  • Supply quality control data necessary for regulatory submissions.
  • Perform validations or transfers of analytical methods in accordance with applicable policies or guidelines.
  • Ensure that lab cleanliness and safety standards are maintained.
  • Identify quality problems and recommend solutions.
  • Monitor testing procedures to ensure that all tests are performed according to established item specifications, standard test methods, or protocols.
  • Train other analysts to perform laboratory procedures and assays.
  • Identify and troubleshoot equipment problems.
  • Participate in internal assessments and audits as required.
  • Evaluate analytical methods and procedures to determine how they might be improved.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Quality Control Analysts.

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - 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 - 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Quality Control Analysts.

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