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Quality Control Technology

1,824 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
685 Master's Degrees Annually
#131 in Popularity
$54,800 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Quality Control Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many quality control technology graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 1,824
Associate’s Degree 947
Master’s Degree 685
Basic Certificate 586
Undergraduate Certificate 330
Graduate Certificate 91
Doctor’s Degree 4

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

Quality Control Tech majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • 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.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Skills for Quality Control Tech Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to quality control tech:

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  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a Quality Control Technology Major?

People with a quality control tech degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Environmental Engineering Technicians 12.4% $50,560
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists 8.1% $73,020

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Quality Control Technology?

1,824 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
18% Percent Women
18% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 1,824 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in quality control technology in 2018, making it rank #131 in popularity. This major tends to be male dominated. About 82% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Quality Control Tech Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 14
Black or African American 134
Hispanic or Latino 91
White 1,375
International Students 50
Other Races/Ethnicities 160

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Quality Control Tech. About 2.7% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Nigeria
  • India
  • China
  • Pakistan

How Much Do Quality Control Technology Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in quality control tech have a median salary of $54,400 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $52,800 (25th percentile) and $60,650 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in quality control tech, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Quality Control Tech majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $42,010 to $74,940 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

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. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to quality control tech have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 9.1%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 35.5%
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) 11.3%
Some College Courses 5.8%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 6.4%
Bachelor’s Degree 27.3%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 1.7%
Master’s Degree 3.4%

Online Quality Control Technology Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 170 schools offered some type of quality control technology 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) 90 13
Certificate (1-2 years) 43 7
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 73 11
Bachelor’s Degree 18 7
Post-Baccalaureate 90 13
Master’s Degree 22 11
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 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 $54,800 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 37% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $298,000 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
Industrial Production Technology 14,418
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 10,842
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 10,032
Electronics Engineering Technology 9,880
Environmental Control Technology 9,388
Mechanical Engineering Technology 7,628
Engineering-Related Fields 6,673
Computer Engineering Technology 4,406
General Engineering Technology 4,049
Construction Engineering Technology 3,497
Engineering Technology (Other) 1,906
Civil Engineering Technology 1,526
Architectural Engineering Technology 1,236
Mining & Petroleum Technology 976
Engineering-Related Technologies 859
Nuclear Engineering Technology 318
Nanotechnology 152

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