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Quality Control Inspectors

Quality Control Inspectors
Quick Facts : Quality Control Inspectors*
2010 Median Pay$33,030
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012416,100
Job Outlook8% (Slower than average)
Employment Change33,300

Quality control inspectors ensure that your food will not make you sick, that your car will run properly, and that your pants will not split the first time you wear them. These workers monitor quality standards for nearly all manufactured products, including foods, textiles, clothing, glassware, motor vehicles, electronic components, computers, and structural steel.

What Quality Control Inspectors Do

  • Monitor or observe operations to ensure that they meet production standards
  • Recommend adjustments to the process or assembly
  • Remove all products and materials that fail to meet specifications
  • Discuss inspection results with those responsible for products
  • Report inspection and test data

Work Environment

Working conditions vary by industry, establishment size, and specific duty. Most quality control inspectors work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of quality control inspectors is expected to grow 8 percent from 2010 to 2020, as growth is reflected by the continuing need to have quality assurance testing in a variety of manufacturing industries, particularly in pharmaceuticals and medical equipment.
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The average hourly wage of quality control inspectors in May 2010 was $15.88.
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Becoming a Quality Control Inspectors

Prospective quality control inspectors improve their chances of finding work by studying industrial trades, including computer-aided design (CAD), in high school or in a postsecondary vocational program.
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