Quality TechnicianJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

Quality technicians test and report on the quality of products. They’re involved in the entire course of manufacturing. Quality technicians work in a wide variety of industries, including transportation, textiles, software, and manufacturing. It’s up to the quality technician to interpret the quality standards, engineering diagrams, and specifications for the products, then execute tests according to those instructions. If there’s an issue, the quality technician compiles that data and reports it to engineers and other stakeholders.

In some cases, quality technicians also offer ideas for how to improve products after conducting quality testing. For this reason, quality technicians need high-level interpersonal communication skills. A high level of attention to detail and organization skills are also a crucial part of this role to compile data and track testing specifications.

Sample job description #1

This position supports the execution of routine testing in the Quality Control Microbiology laboratory while strictly adhering to site work instructions, Federal Regulations, cGMP, and ABC Company policies and procedures. This position requires the individual to perform route testing as scheduled to support production, method validation as well as the stability program and complete required documentation.

  • Knowledge of general Microbiological techniques including aseptic processing and culturing of both bacterial and viral isolates
  • Demonstrated knowledge and proficiency of functions within the following systems are required: SAP, Trackwise, LIMS, MASTER, and eDoc
  • Activities include:
    • assisting with maintaining safety and compliance of the laboratory work area
    • performing cleaning of laboratories, equipment, and ancillary areas as required
    • attending/contributing to scheduled team meetings, department, and safety meetings
    • participating in training activities including own individual professional development, creation/revision of training modules, as well as provide training to others on processes, procedures, assays, and equipment with which they are proficient
    • demonstrate proficiency in use and knowledge of change controls, CAPAs, and the QA deviation system; perform initial deviation investigations through analyst interview
    • develop a working knowledge of appropriate compendia and/or regulatory guidance
  • This position requires proficiency and understanding of the theory related to processes, assays, and equipment as well as the ability to identify issues/trends
  • This position will be filled as off-shift which includes second shift or weekend day
  • Participation in various and assigned phases of Quality Control testing
  • Duties may include (but are not limited to):
    • Visual Evaluation of vials, syringes, plates, bottles, and canisters, as well as setup and breakdown of equipment
    • Documentation, waste disposal, cleaning of laboratories, and all other activities as assigned
    • The candidate must pass an eye exam and receive vaccinations to be eligible for this position


  • Bachelor or Master’s Degree in Microbiology or Biological Sciences with 1-5 years of experience
  • Prior Quality Control experiences are desirable
  • Knowledge of microbiological techniques and experience with tissue culture, sterility, or bioburden is preferred
  • Exceptional attention to detail and strong writing skills are crucial. Individuals must be familiar with cGMP guidelines
  • The candidate must be able to work in a team environment

Sample job description #2

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join ABC Company’s global team of 160,000 employees who are committed to safe, responsible and sustainable ways to nourish the world. This position is in ABC Company’s food ingredients and bio-industrial business, where we anticipate trends around taste, nutrition and safety to innovate and provide solutions to manufacturers, retailers, and foodservice companies.

Job purpose and impact

As a Food Safety and Quality Technician at ABC Company, you will complete routine analytical and laboratory testing in support of the food safety quality and operational teams. We are looking for a hardworking person who will perform routine analysis of product testing, be responsible for checking and monitoring instrumentation performance and conducting tests for which we are going to provide intermediate supervision. In this role, you will document results into databases and/or communicate test results.

Key accountabilities

  • Perform routine analysis on final, and in process, products. Guarantees finished products meet required specifications prior to releasing shipments
  • Enters data into databases and communicates results verbally or in writing as required. Resolves problems by examining and evaluating data; selects corrective steps
  • Assists with the evaluation and interpretation of highly complex data, identifies problems with atypical test results consulting with upper level personnel
  • Supports trials and experiments under the direction of more senior team members
  • Performs food safety/quality leadership, coaching, and/or mentoring to facility employees
  • Handle complex clerical, administrative, technical or customer support issues under minimal supervision, while escalating only the most complex issues to appropriate staff
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum qualifications

  • High school diploma, secondary education level, or equivalent
  • Minimum of four years of related work experience
  • Possesses proven working knowledge of laboratory instrumentation
  • Able and willing to work on rotating shifts including weekends and holidays

Preferred qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of three years of experience within a laboratory or food manufacturing environment
  • Working knowledge of ISO 22000 accreditation’s or standards

Sample job description #3

At ABC Company, we help our Customers create a healthier and safer world by providing innovative healthcare and life science product and service solutions around the globe.

Position summary

Performs medical device evaluations to prepare service/repair estimates and monitors the quality of outgoing medical devices.

What you will do

  • Evaluates incoming medical devices in accordance with procedural guidelines to accurately prepare service/repair estimates
  • Evaluates outgoing medical devices in accordance with procedural guidelines to accurately determine their conformance with requirements and/or specifications and to minimize false acceptance
  • Interfaces with data collections systems (e.g. Oracle) to properly report status and results of product evaluations
  • Aware of and conforms to company ISO goals and objectives and supports company ISO requirements

What you will need to be successful

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should have the ability to learn Oracle data entry procedures
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use hands, talk, see, and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a quality technician is $46,600 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$46,350$62,700
Los Angeles, California$52,250$70,750
Denver, Colorado$43,550$58,950
Washington, DC$53,050$71,800
Miami, Florida$43,350$58,650
Orlando, Florida$40,000$54,100
Tampa, Florida$40,400$54,650
Atlanta, Georgia$42,350$57,350
Chicago, Illinois$48,700$65,900
Boston, Massachusetts$52,650$71,250
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$41,950$56,800
New York City, New York$55,450$75,000
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$45,150$61,050
Dallas, Texas$43,950$59,450
Houston, Texas$43,750$59,450
Seattle, Washington$50,700$68,550
National Average$39,600$53,550

Sample interview questions

  • What methods do you use to maintain focus during technical work?
  • How do you remove external factors from the results in data?
  • How do you find the weak link in the production and resolve it?
  • How many years of experience do you have in the field, and do you have any relevant certifications in this field?
  • Would you consider yourself organized?
  • Do you have the ability to run and compute complex mathematical problems?
  • Do you require supervision for high-quality work?
  • As a quality technician, what is a problem which you have successfully solved during your work?
  • How would you go about resolving an issue and presenting the data in an accurate manner?

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