Quality Control Analysts

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Analyst Microbiology Lab
  • Analytical Lab Analyst
  • Chemistry Quality Control Analyst
  • Chemistry Quality Control Technician
  • Ethanol Quality Leader
  • Laboratory Analyst
  • Laboratory Tech
  • Lab Tech
  • Lab Technician
  • Lead Quality Control Technician
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What They Do

  • Evaluate new technologies and methods to make recommendations regarding their use.
  • Prepare or review required method transfer documentation including technical transfer protocols or reports.
  • Develop and qualify new testing methods.
  • Write or revise standard quality control operating procedures.
  • Coordinate testing with contract laboratories and vendors.
  • Serve as a technical liaison between quality control and other departments, vendors, or contractors.
  • Review data from contract laboratories to ensure accuracy and regulatory compliance.
  • Write technical reports or documentation, such as deviation reports, testing protocols, and trend analyses.
  • Evaluate analytical methods and procedures to determine how they might be improved.
  • Participate in internal assessments and audits as required.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CIR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Investigative and Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.


In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $48,490 with most people making between $28,510 and $74,310


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,110 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 2,250 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 14 openings due to growth and about 86 replacement openings for approximately 100 total annual openings.

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