Quality control analysts test products to make sure they meet predefined quality standards. Many companies have a quality control department where they conduct tests at various stages of the manufacturing process, from raw materials to the finished product. The goal is to make sure quality is consistent and the finished products are uniform.
Quality control analysts are employed by various industries, from IT to pharmaceuticals, with their exact range of duties varying in each case. They often work in laboratories completing experiments with chemicals. They are responsible for documenting their work, as well as maintaining and repairing their equipment, troubleshooting whenever necessary.
You will need a degree in chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, or any other subject relevant to the industry you will work for, to be considered for a quality control analyst position. You might be expected to work in rotating shifts, individually or in teams. The work is often fast-paced, repetitive, and usually requires to use of specific methods and techniques such as HPLC, GC, and MS.