What does a QC Specialist do?

QC analysts are responsible for establishing, implementing, overseeing, and enforcing quality control standards in a manufacturing or technical production environment. They are involved in all phases of the production lifecycle from evaluating raw materials to inspecting finished products to verify they meet target specifications. They may conduct testing, take measurements, or perform other assessments, which in some settings may include chemical analysis. They also establish quality control standards and evaluation protocol, and may implement automated testing or inspection processes.

QC analysts typically have at least a bachelor’s degree in a scientific or technical field, although advanced training or education is an asset. A background in quality control or roles involving enforcing and adhering to quality standards is preferred. These roles require highly organized specialists with meticulous attention to detail.

What responsibilities are common for QC Specialist jobs?
  • Lead a team of 3-5 full- and part-time manual software testers
  • Conduct analysis and investigations in a prompt and efficient manner.
  • Peer review testing and documentation completed by other analysts.
  • Compile and review data to ensure accuracy and regulatory compliance.
  • Execute test plans and scripts to facilitate complex testing activities.
  • Assist in any follow up research to assist the investigation.
  • Review new products and proposed changes to existing products.
  • Ensure that all batch record documentation is accurate and delivered on time.
  • Verify material expiry dates and properly disposing of expired materials.
  • Work closely with the group to coordinate calibration testing activities.
  • Create documentation and test plans to validate product design.
  • Perform compliance walks and complete routine cleaning and maintenance of lab equipment.
  • Maintain documentation of all work performed in accordance with GMP requirements.
  • Develop, revise, and review SOPs, protocols, and technical reports.
  • Assess inspection schedule with input from daily production meetings.
  • Perform and coordinate calibration activity related to mechanical inspection equipment.
What are the typical qualifications for QC Specialist jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in computer science, business, engineering or information systems, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with R Language, HPLC, HACCP, and enterprise resource planning.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and problem solving skills.
  • Can run calibrations with an eye for deviations and strive for continuous improvement.
  • Fluent in writing protocols and spreadsheets.
  • Is a strong time manager and critical thinker.
  • Comfortable leading and presenting findings.
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QC Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$50,684 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$26K
Median: $51K
$99K
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QC Specialist Career Path

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QC Specialist

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
21%
2 - 4
55%
5 - 7
8%
8+
16%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

QC Specialist Insights

Read what QC Specialist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
NewaetateNewaetate
QC Analyst
Nov 27, 2021

“This is the best company I have ever worked for and I think the leadership really does care about the employees”

Sheffield PharmaceuticalsSheffield Pharmaceuticals
Quality Control
Aug 18, 2021

“Also they are nice enough to work with schedule conflicts if there is a pandemic or daycare issues.”

Smart DCCSmart DCC
Senior Test Analyst
Feb 12, 2021

“If you want good performance ratings you are expected to work 24 hours otherwise no bonus”

foodpandafoodpanda
QC Executive
Nov 25, 2022

“diversifying job responsibility Know exact what to do in this role No need to overtime Moderate Salary for starting”

PeopleSharePeopleShare
Quality Control Inspector
Apr 6, 2022

“I think the pay rate is great compared with trying to find work on your own.”

CP MedicalCP Medical
QC Technician
Dec 8, 2020

“3 weeks of never good enough work only to terminate me on my way home.”

PharmathenPharmathen
QC Microbiological Analyst
Nov 29, 2021

“Great opportunity to get experience in the field if you have no previous work experience.”

Elevate ITElevate IT
Senior Test Analyst
Sept 17, 2021

“It was my great pleasure working with Elevate IT in early 2019 where I spend more then a year.”

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