Quality Control Analysts
SOC: 19-4099.01


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

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
78,200 employed

Projected (2024):
83,500 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Analyst Microbiology Lab
  • Analytical Lab Analyst
  • Chemistry Quality Control Analyst
  • Chemistry Quality Control Technician
  • Ethanol Quality Leader
  • Lab Tech
  • Lab Technician
  • Laboratory Analyst
  • Laboratory Tech
  • Lead Quality Control Technician
  • Micro Lab Analyst
  • Microbiology Lab Analyst
  • Microbiology Quality Control Technician
  • Nitriles Lab Technician
  • Quality Analyst
  • Quality Assurance Analyst (QA Analyst)
  • Quality Assurance Auditor (QA Auditor)
  • Quality Assurance Manager (QA Manager)
  • Quality Assurance QA Lab Analyst
  • Quality Assurance QA Lab Technician
  • Quality Assurance Specialist (QA Specialist)
  • Quality Assurance Tech
  • Quality Assurance Technician
  • Quality Assurance/R&D Lab Technician
  • Quality Control
  • Quality Control Analyst
  • Quality Control Associate
  • Quality Control Auditor
  • Quality Control Checker
  • Quality Control Coordinator
  • Quality Control Director
  • Quality Control Expert
  • Quality Control Lab Tech
  • Quality Control Scientist
  • Quality Control Specialist
  • Quality Control Tech
  • Quality Control Tech, Raw Materials
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Quality Control Tester
  • Quality Controller
  • Quality Coordinator
  • Quality Process Auditor
  • Quality Specialist
  • Research Associate
  • Research Associate Quality Control QC
  • Senior Laboratory Technician
  • Senior Quality Control Technician
  • Shift Lab Technician
  • Wastewater Analyst, Lab Analyst

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    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.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Train other analysts to perform laboratory procedures and assays.
  • Perform visual inspections of finished products.
  • Serve as a technical liaison between quality control and other departments, vendors, or contractors.
  • Participate in internal assessments and audits as required.
  • Identify and troubleshoot equipment problems.
  • Evaluate new technologies and methods to make recommendations regarding their use.
  • Ensure that lab cleanliness and safety standards are maintained.
  • Develop and qualify new testing methods.
  • Coordinate testing with contract laboratories and vendors.
  • Write technical reports or documentation such as deviation reports, testing protocols, and trend analyses.
  • Write or revise standard quality control operating procedures.
  • Supply quality control data necessary for regulatory submissions.
  • Receive and inspect raw materials.
  • Review data from contract laboratories to ensure accuracy and regulatory compliance.
  • Prepare or review required method transfer documentation including technical transfer protocols or reports.
  • Perform validations or transfers of analytical methods in accordance with applicable policies or guidelines.
  • Participate in out-of-specification and failure investigations and recommend corrective actions.
  • Monitor testing procedures to ensure that all tests are performed according to established item specifications, standard test methods, or protocols.
  • Investigate or report questionable test results.
  • Interpret test results, compare them to established specifications and control limits, and make recommendations on appropriateness of data for release.
  • Identify quality problems and recommend solutions.
  • Evaluate analytical methods and procedures to determine how they might be improved.
  • Complete documentation needed to support testing procedures including data capture forms, equipment logbooks, or inventory forms.
  • Calibrate, validate, or maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Compile laboratory test data and perform appropriate analyses.
  • Conduct routine and non-routine analyses of in-process materials, raw materials, environmental samples, finished goods, or stability samples.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Absorbance spectrophotometers
  • Adhesion testers
  • Autosamplers
  • Bolt tension meters
  • Coating thickness gauges
  • Copy machines
  • Dew point meters
  • Durometers
  • Dynamometers
  • Flowmeters
  • Fluorescence spectrophotometers
  • Force gauges
  • Gas chromatographs
  • Gel casters
  • Gel electrophoresis systems
  • High performance liquid chromatography systems
  • Imaging systems
  • Incubators
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Levelmeters
  • Mass spectrometers
  • Microfilm systems
  • Micrometers
  • Personal computers
  • pH meters
  • Replica Tape
  • Sonic testers
  • Sonicators
  • Spark Testers
  • Stroboscopes
  • Surface profile gauges
  • Tachometers
  • Tension meters
  • Textile moisture meters
  • Thermal cyclers
  • Torque testers
  • Torque wrenches
  • Total organic carbon TOC analyzers
  • Ultrasonic flaw detectors
  • Ultrasonic thickness gauges
  • Ultraviolet spectroscopes
  • Vibration meters
  • Wastewater samplers
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • Borland SilkTest
  • Code profilers
  • dBASE
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • Hewlett Packard LoadRunner
  • Hewlett Packard QuickTest Professional
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • IBM Rational Functional Tester
  • IBM Rational Robot
  • JavaScript
  • Laboratory information management system LIMS software
  • LabWare LIMS
  • Micro Focus TestPartner
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft ASP.NET
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Internet Information Service IIS
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft SharePoint software
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Test Professional
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word
  • Minitab software
  • Oracle software
  • Parasoft SOAtest
  • Relational database management software
  • SAP BusinessObjects Crystal Reports
  • SAP software
  • SeleniumHQ
  • SmartBear Software AutomatedQA TestComplete
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Test automation software
  • Watir
  • Word processing software

  • life physical and social science

    industry stats

    SOC: 19-0000

    Total Employed: 1,146,110

    Average Annual Salary: $71,220