Quality Control Associate

Quality control (QC) associates carry out testing and analysis to ensure that biomedical research studies and biomedical products meet specifications and regulatory guidelines.

 

Sample of Reported Job Titles

Quality control assistant, quality control technician, lab technician, chemical analyst, chemical technician

 

Summary

QC associates work in quality control laboratories and in biomanufacturing environments, using complex instrumentation and laboratory equipment to conduct tests and analyses that are used in product quality regulations or scientific research studies. Because the products being developed or manufactured directly impact people’s lives, strict Food and Drug Administration regulations must be followed and documented at every step. In the manufacturing of pharmaceutical products, companies are required to follow SOPs (standard operating procedures) and every step of every process must have a traceable, written record. QC associates are responsible for this documentation. The QC associate performs analytical tests, gathers and assesses data from those tests and writes documentation and reports.

QC associates often are employed by biomanufacturing or biopharmaceutical companies when products are created in sterile, or “clean room,” environments. The product might be a vaccine, a medicine or an enzyme used in food production. Opportunities for employment also are available at agricultural organizations that develop genetically modified foods, such as drought-resistant crops, and at energy companies that are developing and manufacturing cleaner fuels, such as bioethanol and methane. Finally, opportunities are available in the chemical industry and in industrial settings such as paper-and-pulp and textile manufacturers where biotechnology is being used to reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing.

 

Educational Requirements

A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in chemistry or biology will provide a solid foundation and equip you to pursue this profession. You also could choose a more targeted degree, such as biochemistry, microbiology or biopharmaceutical science.

 

Entry-level Salary Range 2010

$40,000-$50,000

 

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