Quality control inspectors held about 496,600 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most quality control inspectors were as follows:
Professional, scientific, and technical services
Administrative and support services
Work environments vary by industry and establishment size; some inspectors examine similar products for an entire shift, others examine a variety of items.
In manufacturing, it is common for most inspectors to remain at a single workstation. Inspectors in some industries may be on their feet all day and may have to lift heavy items. In other industries, workers may sit during their shift and read electronic printouts of data.
Workers in heavy-manufacturing plants may be exposed to the noise and grime of machinery. In other plants, inspectors work in clean, air-conditioned environments suitable for testing products.
Injuries and Illnesses
Some quality control inspectors may be exposed to airborne particles, which may irritate the eyes and skin. As a result, workers typically wear protective eyewear, ear plugs, and appropriate clothing.
Although most quality control inspectors work full time during regular business hours, some inspectors work evenings or weekends. Shift assignments generally are based on seniority. Overtime may be required to meet production deadlines.