Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

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What do they do?

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.

Also known as:

Audit Tech, Auditor, Auditor (Backup), Auditor/Quality, Calibration Technician, Component Inspector, Darklight Inspector, Dimension Specification Inspector, Framing Inspector, Incoming Inspector, Inspector, Lab Technician, Laboratory Technician, Layout Inspection Quality Control Worker, Line Analyst, Lumber Inspector, Mechanical Inspector, Picker / Packer, Pipe Inspector, Powder Core Tester, Process Checker, Quality Assurance, Quality Assurance Auditor, Quality Assurance Inspector (QA Inspector), Quality Assurance Technician, Quality Auditor, Quality Control, Quality Control Auditor, Quality Control Inspector (QC Inspector), Quality Control Technician (QC Technician), Quality Engineer, Quality Inspector, Quality Lab Technician, Quality Lead, Quality Process Auditor, Quality Systems Technician, Quality Technician, Senior QC Technician, Senior Quality Control Inspector, Senior Quality Technician, Sorter/Assay Tech, Surveillance Inspector, Test Technician, Tester/Lift Trucker, Testing, Shaking, Shipping, Wood Panel Inspector

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers is projected to Decline 3 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • -3.2%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #45 in job growth rate
  • 1,070

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #22 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.5%)
  • Master's degree (3.2%)
  • Bachelor's degree (13.5%)
  • Associate's degree (10.7%)
  • Some college, no degree (27%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (34.9%)
  • Less than high school diploma (10.2%)

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • 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.
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People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
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People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
  • Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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