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:

Fabrication Inspector, Incoming Inspector, Inspector, Layout Inspection Quality Control Worker (Layout Inspection QC Worker), Mechanical Inspector, Pipe Inspector, Powder Core Tester, Process Checker, QA Auditor (Quality Assurance Auditor), QA Inspector (Quality Assurance Inspector), QA Technician (Quality Assurance Technician), QC Auditor (Quality Control Auditor), QC Technician (Quality Control Technician), Quality Auditor, Quality Control Inspector (QC Inspector), Quality Inspector, Quality Technician, Receiving Inspector, Sorter, Surveillance Inspector, Test Technician, Tester, Welding Inspector

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers is projected to Decline 5 percent from 2020 to 2030

Projected Employment in VA

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  • -5.2%


    Ranks #29 in job growth rate

    Job Openings

    Ranks #28 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (1%)
  • Master's degree  (3%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (14%)
  • Associate's degree  (12%)
  • Some college, no degree  (26%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (36%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (9%)

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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.

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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Evaluate quality of materials or products.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Advise others on ways to improve processes or products.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
  • Calibrate equipment 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.
  • Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed.
  • Analyze test results.
  • Compare physical characteristics of materials or products to specifications or standards.
  • Clean production equipment.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment.
  • Repair production equipment or tools.
  • Test products for functionality or quality.
  • Fabricate parts or components.
  • Connect electrical components or equipment.
  • Evaluate capabilities or training needs.
  • Instruct workers to use equipment or perform technical procedures.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
  • Smooth metal surfaces or edges.
  • Inspect sustainable energy production facilities or equipment.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for testing.
  • Sort materials or products for processing, storing, shipping, or grading.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
  • Stack finished items for further processing or shipment.
  • Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes.
  • Weigh finished products.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 28.1 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

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