What Does A Quality Control Systems Manager Do (including Their Typical Day at Work)

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Quality Control Systems Managers

Quality Control Systems Managers plan, direct, or coordinate quality assurance programs. Formulate quality control policies and control quality of laboratory and production efforts.

Salary
$118190
Becoming One
Hard
Education
Bachelor's degree
Job Satisfaction
Job Growth
Low

Personality
Interest Match





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What they do

Quality Control Systems Managers plan, direct, or coordinate quality assurance programs. Formulate quality control policies and control quality of laboratory and production efforts.

  • Collect and analyze production samples to evaluate quality.
  • Analyze quality control test results and provide feedback and interpretation to production management or staff.
  • Stop production if serious product defects are present.
  • Monitor performance of quality control systems to ensure effectiveness and efficiency.

Typical day

On a daily basis, Quality Control Systems Managers collect and analyze production samples to evaluate quality. They monitor the performance of quality control systems to ensure effectiveness and efficiency.

A typical day for a Quality Control Systems Manager will also include:

  • Analyze quality control test results and provide feedback and interpretation to production management or staff.
  • Oversee workers including supervisors, inspectors, or laboratory workers engaged in testing activities.
  • Communicate quality control information to all relevant organizational departments, outside vendors, or contractors.
  • Document testing procedures, methodologies, or criteria.
  • Direct the tracking of defects, test results, or other regularly reported quality control data.

Other responsibilities

Besides their typical day, Quality Control Systems Managers also review statistical studies, technological advances, or regulatory standards and trends to stay abreast of issues in the field of quality control. They may also review and update standard operating procedures or quality assurance manuals.

On a weekly to monthly basis, Quality Control Systems Managers confer with marketing and sales departments to define client requirements and expectations. They might also identify quality problems or areas for improvement and recommend solutions.

In addition, they communicate quality control information to all relevant organizational departments, outside vendors, or contractors.

Although specific duties may vary, many of them review quality documentation necessary for regulatory submissions and inspections.

To some Quality Control Systems Managers, it is also their responsibility to evaluate new testing and sampling methodologies or technologies to determine usefulness.

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What is the job like

Job satisfaction

Very High

Is this job meaningful

High

75% said they were satisfied with their job and 62% said they found their job meaningful.


Brandon Fowler
A small (~50 employee) optical component manufacturer

I’m a Quality Manager at a small (~50 employee) optical component manufacturer. We make customer designed parts for the aerospace, military, defense, and biomedical industries among others.

My typical day varies but frequently consists of scheduling work for the quality department, interacting with customer representatives, reviewing orders for customer requirements, planning training activities, and reporting on statistical trends related to product quality.

Pros

The pros of my job are that the work is varied which means every day is different and there has been an excellent opportunity for advancement without requiring any higher education. I started with my current employer as a temp.

Cons

The biggest con of my job is that the work is very documentation intensive and requires being extremely thorough to ensure everything has been manufactured and documented correctly.


Pros

Suitable for people who like to start and carry out projects.

Suitable for people who want to work in a supportive work environment.

This career is perfect for people who love to work indoors.

One of the highest-paid careers in the world.

Cons

Not suitable for people who like to work with designs.

It is hard to get into this career. A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for this career.

Long working hours (More than 40 hours per week).

How much do they make

Average salary

$118190 per year

Average hourly wage

$57 per hour

Entry-level Quality Control Systems Managers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $67,100 to $84,990 per year or $32 to $41 per hour.

Salary by experience Annual Hourly
Highest (Top 10%) $181,220 $87
Senior (Top 25%) $141,290 $68
Median $108,790 $52
Junior (Bottom 25%) $84,990 $41
No experience (Bottom 10%) $67,100 $32

What is the work day like

Working hours

Less than 40 hours
0%

40 hours
23%

More than 40 hours
77%

Working schedule

74%

26%

0%

Email

How often do you use email in this job?

Once a week
0%

Every day
100%

Telephone

How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

Once a week
0%

Every day
100%

Group discussions

How often do you have group discussions in this job?

Once a week
0%

Every day
100%

Public speaking

How often does this job require you to do public speaking?

Never
1%

Once a year
49%

Once a month
0%

Once a week
50%

Every day
0%

Level of competition

How much competitive pressure is in this job?

Not competitive at all
0%

Slightly competitive
4%

Moderately competitive
43%

Highly competitive
28%

Extremely competitive
24%

What is the work environment like

Office-style environment

Indoors in an environmentally controlled condition

Never
0%

Once a year or more
0%

Once a month or more
0%

Once a week or more
0%

Every day
100%

Warehouse-style environment

Indoors in a non-controlled environmental condition such as a warehouse

Never
2%

Once a year or more
3%

Once a month or more
21%

Once a week or more
1%

Every day
72%

Outdoors

Outdoors exposed to all weather conditions

Never
2%

Once a year or more
2%

Once a month or more
3%

Once a week or more
48%

Every day
46%

Outdoors – Under Cover

Outdoors but under cover (e.g. structure with roof but no walls)

Never
26%

Once a year or more
28%

Once a month or more
0%

Once a week or more
0%

Every day
46%

How to become one

Difficulty to become one

Hard
You will need a considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience. Careers in this difficulty category usually require a Bachelor’s degree and several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training. Similar careers include Database Administrators, Chemists, Art Directors, and Accountants.

Required level of education

What level of education do you need to perform the job?

Less than a High School Diploma
0%

High School Diploma or equivalent
0%

Post-Secondary Certificate
0%

Some College Courses
11%

Associate’s Degree or similar
1%

Bachelor’s Degree
73%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
4%

Master’s Degree
11%

Post-Master’s Certificate
0%

First Professional Degree
0%

Doctoral Degree
0%

Post-Doctoral Training
0%

Relevant majors

No majors found

Relevant work experience

How much related work experience do you need to get hired for the job?

None
0%

1 month
0%

1 to 3 months
0%

3 to 6 months
0%

6 months to 1 year
0%

1 to 2 years
1%

2 to 4 years
26%

4 to 6 years
48%

6 to 8 years
11%

8 to 10 years
13%

Over 10 years
0%

On The Job Training

How much on the job training do you need to perform the job?

None or short demonstration
0%

1 month
12%

1 to 3 months
16%

3 to 6 months
40%

6 months to 1 year
12%

1 to 2 years
6%

2 to 4 years
13%

4 to 10 years
1%

Over 10 years
0%

Should you become one

Best personality type for this career

The Leader

People with this personality likes to start and work on projects. They also like leading people and making many decisions.

The Builder
62%

People with The Builder personality type likes practical and hands-on work. They prefer working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.


The Thinker
48%

People with The Thinker personality likes to work with ideas that require an extensive amount of thinking. They prefer work that requires them to solve problems mentally.


The Artist
19%

People with The Artist personality likes to work with designs and patterns. They prefer activities that require self-expression and prefer work that can be done without following a clear set of rules.


The Helper
29%

People with The Helper personality type likes to work with people and in teams. They prefer work that allows them to build relationships with others.


The Leader
100%

People with The Leader personality likes to start and work on projects. They also like leading people and making many decisions.


The Organizer
81%

People with The Organizer personality type likes to follow set procedures and routines. They prefer working with data and details more than with ideas.


You can read more about these career personality types here.

People who are suitable for this job tend to like starting up and carrying out projects. They like leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk-taking and often deal with business.

They also like following set procedures and routines. They like working with data and details more than with ideas.

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Work Values

Which values are the most important to a person’s satisfaction for this job?

Achievement
71%

You are someone who is results oriented. You prefer work that allows you to utilize your skills and abilities while at the same time giving you a sense of accomplishment.

Working Conditions
64%

You are someone who values job security, steady employment, and good working conditions. You also prefer work that keeps you busy all the time with something different to do every day.

Recognition
67%

You are someone who values job advancement and leadership roles. You prefer work that receives recognition for the work you do and jobs that are looked up to by others in the company and your community.

Relationships
57%

You are someone who likes to provide a service to others. You prefer a work environment where you can work with your co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.

Support
76%

You are someone who values a company that stands behind their employees. You prefer a work environment where everyone is treated fairly and is being supported by the company.

Independence
71%

You are someone who likes to work on your own and make your own decisions. You prefer work that requires little supervision and are allowed to try out your own ideas.

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