Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

General Information

Description

Inspect, test, sort, sample, or weigh nonagricultural raw materials or processed, machined, fabricated, or assembled parts or products for defects, wear, and deviations from specifications. May use precision measuring instruments and complex test equipment.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit89.29%
  2. State and local government3.09%
  3. Private, not for profit3.03%
  4. Self-employed2.24%
  5. Federal government2.19%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of quality control inspectors is projected to decline 12 percent from 2020 to 2030. Despite declining employment, about 54,900 openings for quality control inspectors are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$40,460

State-by-state Salary

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$68,740
$33,320
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 69%
  • Post-secondary certificate 26%
  • Some college 2%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Production and Processing
  • Mechanical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language
  • Mathematics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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