Quality Control Inspector

Career Overview

Quality control inspectors examine products and materials for defects or deviations from specifications.


Education and training requirements vary with the responsibilities of the quality control worker. For inspectors who do simple pass/fail tests of products, a high school diploma and some in-house training are generally enough. Workers usually receive on-the-job training that typically lasts for as little as 1 month or up to 1 year.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$23,550 /yr
$38,250 /yr
$65,510 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Electronics
  • Computer Science
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Trade-related courses
Work Environment

Working conditions vary by industry, establishment size, and specific duty. Most quality control inspectors work full time during regular business hours. Overtime may be required to meet production deadlines.

Future Outlook

Employment of quality control inspectors is projected to decline 11 percent from 2016 to 2026. Continued improvements in technology allow manufacturers to automate inspection tasks, increasing workers’ productivity and reducing the demand for inspectors.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada