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Quality Control Chemist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Quality Control Chemist uses chemistry analysis to test samples of manufacturing or pharmaceutical products, to ensure that products meet quality standards.

Job Outlook

There were 173 Quality Control Chemist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 2749 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Chemist industry, which includes the Quality Control Chemist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Quality Control Chemist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $66,856.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $67,100.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Quality Control Chemist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $58,931.

Education and Experience

Posted Quality Control Chemist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree11.42%
Bachelor's Degree83.45%
Master's Degree14.26%
Doctoral Degree2.66%
Other8.22%

Posted Quality Control Chemist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years57.33%
3 to 5 years39.1%
6 to 8 years2.75%
9+ years0.82%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Quality Control Chemist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Quality Control (63.48%)
  • Communication (25.46%)
  • Investigation (25.03%)
  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (24.55%)
  • Detail Oriented (22.04%)
  • Management (20.95%)
  • Operations (16.11%)
  • Problem Solving (14.41%)
  • Quality Assurance (11.57%)
  • Microsoft Office (11.39%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Good Manufacturing Practices (53.12%)
  • Analytical Chemistry (23.13%)
  • Chemistry (74.02%)
  • Analytical Techniques (21.65%)
  • High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (44.73%)
  • Laboratory Equipment (23.67%)
  • Pharmaceuticals (26.52%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Laboratory Information Management Systems (11.62%)
  • Environmental Monitoring (4.13%)
  • Chromatography (10.65%)
  • Chemical Engineering (3.94%)
  • Wet Chemistry (20.87%)
  • Biology (17.55%)
  • Finished Good (9.48%)
  • Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) (15.8%)
  • Calibration (13.49%)
  • Biochemical Assays (8.5%)
  • Auditing (12.71%)
  • Corrective And Preventive Action (CAPA) (10.22%)
  • Data Integrity (4.6%)
  • Analytical Testing (19.73%)
  • Laboratory Instrumentation (6.51%)
  • Stability Testing (7.53%)
  • Instrumentation (8.78%)
  • Ultraviolet-Visible Spectroscopy (UV/VIS) (17.9%)
  • Laboratory Experience (16.22%)
  • Laboratory Testing (9.09%)
  • Biochemistry (15.48%)
  • New Product Development (4.41%)
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (18.8%)
  • SAP Applications (4.88%)
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (1.91%)
  • Spectroscopy (8.62%)
  • Housekeeping (9.75%)
  • Scientific Instruments (2.96%)
  • Standard Operating Procedure (19.54%)
  • Product Testing (5.89%)
  • pH Meters (8%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Empower 3 Chromatography Software (3.51%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Chemistry (83.43%)
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (59.87%)
  • High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (50.42%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Quality Control Chemist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Chemist
  • Quality Chemist
  • Quality Control Analyst
  • Quality Assurance Chemist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Quality Laboratory Associate
  • Quality Control Analytical Chemist
  • Raw Materials Chemist
  • HPLC Chemist

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Quality Control Chemist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Actalent (469)
  • Kelly Services (72)
  • Eurofins (65)
  • Randstad (46)
  • Clean Harbors (40)
  • Fujifilm (40)
  • Ajulia Executive Search (22)
  • Cambrex (20)
  • Sofie Sarl (20)
  • B. Braun (20)

North Carolina

  • Actalent (57)
  • Randstad (9)
  • Integrated Resources (6)
  • Katalyst Healthcares & Life Sciences (6)
  • Pioneer Data Systems (4)
  • ManpowerGroup (4)
  • Pfizer (3)
  • Baxter International (3)
  • Bestco (3)
  • Evergreen Technologies (3)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!