Quality Control Analysts

What they do:

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

On the job, you would:

  • 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.

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Work Activities

Interests

  • Conventional
  • Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • First Interest High-Point
  • Primary-Rank Descriptiveness
  • Investigative
  • Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Realistic
  • Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Enterprising
  • Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Second Interest High-Point
  • Secondary-Cutoff/Rank Descriptiveness
  • Artistic
  • Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
  • Social
  • Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Third Interest High-Point
  • Tertiary-Cutoff/Rank Descriptiveness

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