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Quality Control Technology

632 Master's Degrees Annually
4 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#134 in Popularity (Master's)
$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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 632
Graduate Certificate 78
Doctor’s Degree 4

What Quality Control Technology Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, quality control tech majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the 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

A major in quality control tech prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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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

Quality Control Tech majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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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 Master’s Degree in Quality Control Technology?

632 Master's Degrees Annually
28% Percent Women
28% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major attracts more men than women. About 72% 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:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Quality Control Tech Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 25
Black or African American 84
Hispanic or Latino 38
White 392
International Students 25
Other Races/Ethnicities 68

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Quality Control Tech, too. About 4.0% 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?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a master’s degree in quality control tech have a median salary of $68,700 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $67,800 (25th percentile) and $69,500 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to quality control tech.

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.

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 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 2018-2019, 176 schools offered a quality control tech program of some type. 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) 100 14
Certificate (1-2 years) 45 5
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 73 13
Bachelor’s Degree 21 9
Post-Baccalaureate 100 14
Master’s Degree 23 13
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 14,313
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 10,756
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 10,702
Environmental Control Technology 10,042
Electronics Engineering Technology 9,875
Mechanical Engineering Technology 7,772
Engineering-Related Fields 5,997
General Engineering Technology 4,212
Computer Engineering Technology 4,180
Construction Engineering Technology 3,824
Engineering Technology (Other) 1,786
Architectural Engineering Technology 1,362
Engineering-Related Technologies 840
Nuclear Engineering Technology 388
Nanotechnology 123

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