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:

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 Technican (Quality Assurance Technician), QC Auditor (Quality Control Auditor), QC Technican (Quality Control Technician), Quality Auditor, Quality Control Inspector (QC Inspector), Quality Inspector, Quality Technican, Receiving Inspector, Sorter, Surveillance Inspector, Test Technician, Tester, Welding Inspector

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers is projected to Decline 19 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • -19.4%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #49 in job growth rate
  • 940

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #22 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.9%)
  • Master's degree (3.5%)
  • Bachelor's degree (14.7%)
  • Associate's degree (11%)
  • Some college, no degree (25.7%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (35.4%)
  • Less than high school diploma (8.8%)

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Skills

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.
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Knowledge

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.
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Abilities

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.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

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.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 25.1 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

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

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