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Working As A Quality Systems Specialist

  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $87,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Quality Systems Specialist Do

Industrial production managers oversee the daily operations of manufacturing and related plants. They coordinate, plan, and direct the activities used to create a wide range of goods, such as cars, computer equipment, or paper products.

Duties

Industrial production managers typically do the following:

  • Decide how best to use a plant’s workers and equipment to meet production goals
  • Ensure that production stays on schedule and within budget
  • Hire, train, and evaluate workers
  • Analyze production data
  • Write production reports
  • Monitor a plant’s workers to ensure they meet performance and safety requirements
  • Streamline the production process
  • Determine whether new machines are needed or whether overtime work is necessary
  • Fix any production problems

Industrial production managers, also called plant managers, may oversee an entire manufacturing plant or a specific area of production.

Industrial production managers are responsible for carrying out quality control programs to make sure the finished product meets a specific level of quality. Often called quality control systems managers, these managers use programs to help identify defects in products, identify the cause of the defect, and solve the problem creating it. For example, a manager may determine that a defect is being caused by parts from an outside supplier. The manager can then work with the supplier to improve the quality of the parts.

Industrial production managers work closely with managers from other departments as well. For example, the procurement (buying) department orders the supplies that the production department uses. A breakdown in communication between these two departments can cause production slowdowns. Industrial production managers also communicate with other managers and departments, such as sales, warehousing, and research and design.

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How To Become A Quality Systems Specialist

Industrial production managers typically need a bachelor’s degree and several years of related work experience.

Education

Employers prefer managers have at least a bachelor’s degree. While the degree may be in any field, many industrial production managers have a bachelor’s degree in business administration or industrial engineering. Sometimes, production workers with many years of experience take management classes and become a production manager. At large plants, where managers have more oversight responsibilities, employers may look for managers who have a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) or a graduate degree in industrial management.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many industrial production managers begin as production workers and move up through the ranks. They usually advance to a first-line supervisory position before eventually being selected for management. Most earn a college degree in business management or take company-sponsored classes to increase their chances of a promotion.

Production managers who join a firm immediately after graduating from college sometimes work as first-line supervisors before beginning their jobs as production managers.

Some managers begin working at a company directly after college or graduate school. They may spend their first few months in training programs, becoming familiar with the production process, company policies, and safety regulations. In large companies, many also spend short periods of time working in other departments, such as purchasing or accounting, to learn more about the company.

Important Qualities

Interpersonal skills. Industrial production managers must have excellent communication skills so they can work with managers from other departments, as well as with the company’s senior-level management.

Leadership skills. To keep the production process running smoothly, industrial production managers must motivate and direct the employees they manage.

Problem-solving skills. Production managers must be able to identify problems immediately and solve them. For example, if a product has a defect, the manager determines whether it is a onetime problem or the result of the production process.

Time-management skills. To meet production deadlines, managers must carefully manage their employees’ time as well as their own.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

While not required, industrial production managers can earn certifications that show a higher level of competency in quality or management systems. The Association for Operations Management offers a Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) credential. The American Society for Quality offers credentials in quality control. Both certifications require specific amounts of work experience before applying for the credential, so they are generally not earned before entering the occupation.

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Quality Systems Specialist Career Paths

Quality Systems Specialist
Quality Manager Production Manager Manufacturing Manager
Senior Manufacturing Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Operations Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Manufacturing Manager Manager, Quality Engineer
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Construction Manager Quality Control Manager
Quality Control Director
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Manager, Quality Engineer
Director Of Quality & Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Engineering Manager Manager, Quality Engineer
Senior Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Systems Manager Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Process Improvement Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Systems Manager Engineering Manager Manufacturing Manager
Manufacturing Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Systems Manager Plant/Quality Manager Operations/Quality Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Compliance Specialist Team Leader Quality Assurance Lead
Quality Assurance Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Compliance Specialist Quality Specialist Quality Engineer
Assistant Manager Of Quality
6 Yearsyrs
Compliance Specialist Quality Specialist Senior Quality Engineer
Project Quality Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Engineer Quality Control Manager Compliance Manager
Regulatory Compliance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Engineer Project Quality Manager
Quality Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Specialist Quality Assurance Quality Assurance Lead Quality Lead
Vice-President Of Quality
15 Yearsyrs
Validation Specialist Validation Engineer Quality Engineer
Corporate Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Validation Specialist Quality Engineer Quality Consultant
Quality Improvement Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Systems Engineer Supplier Quality Engineer Product Quality Engineer
Product Quality Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Quality Manager 4.1 years
Quality Supervisor 3.8 years
Quality Engineer 3.3 years
Quality Lead 3.3 years
Quality Specialist 3.0 years
Quality Associate 2.8 years
Quality Consultant 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Quality Systems Specialist
Chemist 4.4%
Internship 3.0%
Top Careers After Quality Systems Specialist
Consultant 4.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$87,000
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$59,000
Min 10%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Median 50%
$128,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Meridian Bioscience
Highest Paying City
Fargo, ND
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Quality Systems Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Quality Systems Specialist in the United States is $87,557 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $59,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $128,000.

Real Quality Systems Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
System Specialist-It Quality Assurance Verizon Telematics Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 31, 2016 $93,500
Principal Quality Systems Specialist Medtronic, Inc. Littleton, MA Jun 01, 2012 $91,666 -
$91,800
Quality System Architecture Specialist/Quality SYS Rohm and Haas Chemicals, LLC, A Subsidiary of The Collegeville, PA May 01, 2014 $91,624 -
$129,756
Quality Systems Specialist-Manager Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Apr 19, 2016 $91,600 -
$112,800
Pet/Mr Systems Specialist-Physics & Image Quality GE Medical Systems, LLC Waukesha, WI Jun 18, 2015 $88,000 -
$95,000
Specialist IV, Customer Systems Quality Assurance Portland General Electric Company Tualatin, OR May 12, 2015 $85,007
Specialist IV, Customer Systems Quality Assurance Portland General Electric Company Tualatin, OR Jul 28, 2016 $85,007
Specialist IV, Customer Systems Quality Assurance Portland General Electric Company Tualatin, OR Jun 17, 2016 $85,007
Staff Quality System Specialist (Medical Devices Technology) Becton, Dickinson & Company Franklin Lakes, NJ Aug 15, 2016 $85,000
Quality Systems Architecture Specialist Rohm and Haas Chemicals, LLC, A Subsidiary of The Spring House, PA Dec 23, 2011 $80,448 -
$120,672
Quality Systems Specialist Cell Signaling Technology, Inc. Beverly, MA Sep 17, 2016 $80,000 -
$90,000
Quality System Specialist Bridgestone Americas, Inc. Nashville, TN Apr 01, 2013 $79,740
Quality System Specialist Bridgestone Americas, Inc. Nashville, TN Apr 01, 2012 $77,400
System Specialist-It Quality Assurance Verizon Data Services LLC Temple Terrace, FL Jun 27, 2012 $77,000
Supplier Quality Systems Specialist The Boeing Company Everett, WA Oct 01, 2012 $76,650 -
$133,000
Systems Specialist-It Quality/Assurance Verizon Data Services LLC Temple Terrace, FL Nov 07, 2011 $75,000
Quality Systems Specialist II Gilead Sciences, Inc. San Dimas, CA Aug 09, 2016 $72,500 -
$76,000
Quality Systems Specialist II Gilead Sciences, Inc. San Dimas, CA Sep 14, 2016 $72,500 -
$76,000
Quality Systems Specialist Medtronic, Inc. Danvers, MA Aug 23, 2016 $72,000
Quality Systems Specialist Terex Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 04, 2015 $71,709 -
$88,202
System Specialist-It Quality Assurance Verizon Data Services LLC Boston, MA Jun 01, 2011 $67,000
Quality System Specialist Toshiba International Corporation Houston, TX Aug 30, 2016 $66,955 -
$69,172
Quality Systems Specialist Axiom Materials, Inc. Santa Ana, CA Dec 17, 2014 $66,518
Quality Systems Specialist Toshiba International Corporation Houston, TX Aug 30, 2013 $63,960
Quality Systems Specialist II Nanotherapeutics, Inc. Alachua, FL Sep 11, 2015 $62,315
System Specialist-It Quality Assurance Verizon Data Services LLC Cedar Rapids, IA May 30, 2011 $62,000
Systems Specialist-It Quality Assurance Verizon Data Services LLC Cedar Rapids, IA May 30, 2011 $62,000

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Top Skills for A Quality Systems Specialist

  1. Product Quality
  2. Quality Procedures
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed product quality complaints and provided quality systems support for drug products manufactured by External Contract Manufacturers.
  • Created and updated existing Quality procedures.
  • Conduct audits on software and hardware components to ensure compliance with quality management system standards including regulatory and customer requirements.
  • Coordinated and offered GMP training related to Quality Audits to production personnel.
  • Identify and expedite corrective action in problematic areas of project to assure timely completion.

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Quality Systems Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

52.2%

Male

39.2%

Unknown

8.6%
Ethnicity

White

60.3%

Hispanic or Latino

17.4%

Black or African American

10.0%

Asian

9.0%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.8%

French

10.8%

Japanese

8.1%

Chinese

2.7%

German

2.7%

Russian

2.7%

Carrier

2.7%

Armenian

2.7%

Mandarin

2.7%

Thai

2.7%

Korean

2.7%

Italian

2.7%
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Quality Systems Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

27.4%

University of Washington

7.1%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

5.3%

Pennsylvania State University

5.3%

American InterContinental University

5.3%

Temple University

4.4%

University of La Verne

3.5%

Michigan State University

3.5%

University of Maryland - University College

3.5%

North Carolina State University

3.5%

University of Central Oklahoma

3.5%

San Jose State University

3.5%

Strayer University

3.5%

Kaplan University

3.5%

Northeastern University

3.5%

Villanova University

2.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2.7%

University of California - Irvine

2.7%

Regis University

2.7%

Salt Lake Community College

2.7%
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Majors

Business

32.9%

Biology

10.8%

Chemistry

6.9%

Management

5.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.7%

Project Management

3.7%

Pharmacy

3.4%

Computer Science

3.2%

Electrical Engineering

2.9%

Mechanical Engineering

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Psychology

2.5%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.5%

Biotechnology

2.5%

Health Care Administration

2.2%

Operations Management

2.2%

Microbiology

2.0%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

English

2.0%

Chemical Engineering

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.4%

Masters

24.7%

Other

13.5%

Associate

8.5%

Certificate

5.0%

Doctorate

1.4%

Diploma

0.6%
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