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Quality Control Technology

93 Associates's Degrees Annually
4 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#132 in Popularity (Associate's)
$42,010 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Quality Control Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many quality control technology/technician graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 162
Undergraduate Certificate 102
Associate Degree 66
Bachelor’s Degree 2

What Quality Control Technology Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to quality control tech and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Quality Control Tech Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in quality control tech should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • 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.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Quality Control Tech Majors

When studying quality control tech, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Quality Control Tech Majors

A major in quality control tech will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • 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.
  • 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.

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Quality Control Technology?

66 Associate's Degrees Annually
24% Percent Women
29% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 76% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of quality control tech majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2
Black or African American 5
Hispanic or Latino 10
White 45
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 3

Geographic Diversity

Quality Control Tech appeals to people across the globe. About 1.5% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Quality Control Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Quality Control Tech majors often go into careers with median salaries of $42,010. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with quality control tech require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for quality control tech careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 14.3%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 52.2%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 14.0%
Some College Courses 7.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 9.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 2.8%

Online Quality Control Technology Programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 67 schools offered some type of quality control technology/technician program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 15 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 22 4
Bachelor’s Degree 11 4
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 6 1
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Quality Control Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a quality control tech grad is $42,010 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 5% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $42,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to quality control tech.

Major Number of Grads
Occupational Safety & Health Technology 3,416
Industrial Safety Technology 267
Other Quality Control & Safety Technologies 170
Hazardous Materials Information Systems Technology 4

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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