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Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, and Weighers
(SOC Code : 51-9061)
in California

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.

Employers usually expect an employee in this occupation to be able to do the job after Moderate-term on-the-job training (1-12 months) .

Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
California 20151st Qtr$19.75$13.20$17.95$24.06

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
California 2012 - 202248,20052,2004,0008.31,460

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Possible Licenses Required and Issuing Authority[Top]
License Title
License Authority
General Sampler`s and Weigher`s LicenseDepartment of Food and Agriculture
Division of Animal Health and Food Safety Services
Milk and Dairy Food Safety Branch
Gas Tester Certification Department of Industrial Relations
Mining and Tunneling
Service Station Equipment and Maintenance Specialty ContractorDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Contractors State License Board
License Information Center
Limited Sampler`s and Weigher`s LicenseDepartment of Food and Agriculture
Division of Animal Health and Food Safety Services
Milk and Dairy Food Safety Branch

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Semiconductor and Electronic Components 1,7338.2%
Employment Services 6,2816.0%
Architectural and Engineering Services 21,5445.1%
Electronic Instrument Manufacturing 1,1094.5%
Aerospace Product & Parts Manufacturing 2924.4%
Machine Shops and Threaded Products 4,1633.7%
Fruit, Vegetable, & Specialty Foods Mfg 2273.5%
Medical Equipment and Supplies Mfg 3,0223.2%
Pharmaceutical & Medicine Manufacturing 4082.9%
Plastics & Rubber Products Manufacturing1,6232.9%
Electrical Equipment and Appliances 1,1402.2%
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 6412.0%
Primary Metal Manufacturing 6561.7%
Other Fabricated Metal Product Mfg 8921.6%
Scientific Research and Development Svc 5,8811.5%
Other Food Manufacturing 8951.4%
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 4451.4%
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 2721.4%
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Mfg 1,4061.3%
Computers and Peripheral Equipment 4601.1%
Other General Purpose Machinery Mfg 1,3321.1%
Beverage & Tobacco Product Manufacturing3,5721.1%
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 7,0951.1%
Warehousing and Storage 1,6491.1%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Quality Control Technology/Technician

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About This Occupation (from O*NET - The Occupation Information Network)[Top]
Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Inspect, test, or measure materials, products, installations, or work for conformance to specifications.
Measure dimensions of products to verify conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments such as rulers, calipers, gauges, or micrometers.
Read blueprints, data, manuals, or other materials to determine specifications, inspection and testing procedures, adjustment methods, certification processes, formulas, or measuring instruments required.
Record inspection or test data, such as weights, temperatures, grades, or moisture content, and quantities inspected or graded.
Mark items with details such as grade or acceptance-rejection status.
Notify supervisors or other personnel of production problems.
Discard or reject products, materials, or equipment not meeting specifications.
Collect or select samples for testing or for use as models.
Write test or inspection reports describing results, recommendations, or needed repairs.
Compare colors, shapes, textures, or grades of products or materials with color charts, templates, or samples to verify conformance to standards.

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Top Skills used in this Job
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.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others` actions.
Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

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Alternate Titles
Quality Assurance Inspectors; Quality Control Inspectors; Quality Control Technicians; Quality Control Testers; Quality Inspectors; Quality Technicians; Testing and Regulating Technicians
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