Product Quality Controllers examine manufactured products and primary produce to ensure conformity to specifications and standards of presentation and quality.

    You can work as a Product Quality Controller without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • studying product specifications and taking measurements to determine conformity to specifications
    • examining and marking output for visible defects such as cracks, holes and breakages
    • making minor repairs and adjustments to products
    • compiling quality assurance reports, maintaining documentation and reporting findings
    • examining products for defects and grading produce
    • designating grading of produce and recording details of assessments according to classification system
    • collecting and labelling samples for inspection
    • recording details of sampling procedures and sources of samples
    • preparing samples and carrying out prescribed tests

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    All Product Quality Controllers

    All Product Quality Controllers

    • $1,314 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment
    • 12,100 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 43 years Average age
    • 46% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Product Quality Controllers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 12,100 in 2018 to 11,700 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 9,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,800 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
    • Location: Product Quality Controllers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,314 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (80%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 46% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200817000
    200914900
    201017100
    201113800
    201214900
    201313000
    201414200
    201513100
    201611300
    201714700
    201812100
    202311700

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsProduct Quality ControllersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings13141460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Manufacturing46.6
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing10.4
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services8.3
    Wholesale Trade7.1
    Other Industries27.6

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateProduct Quality ControllersAll Jobs Average
    NSW28.031.6
    VIC30.125.6
    QLD18.620.0
    SA11.17.0
    WA8.610.8
    TAS2.42.0
    NT0.61.0
    ACT0.61.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketProduct Quality ControllersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.7-5.05.0
    20-246.9-9.39.3
    25-3422.3-22.922.9
    35-4421.9-22.022.0
    45-5424.5-21.621.6
    55-5911.4-9.09.0
    60-647.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.6-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationProduct Quality ControllersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate6.6-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree17.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma11.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV20.9-21.121.1
    Year 1220.3-18.118.1
    Year 115.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below17.7-12.512.5

    You can work as a Product Quality Controller without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

    The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

    Employers look for Product Quality Controllers who pay attention to detail, can communicate clearly and work well in a team.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Chemistry

      63% Skill level

      Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

    2. Computers and electronics

      57% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    3. Mathematics

      56% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Clerical

      51% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    5. Production and processing

      51% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-4099.01 - Quality Control Analysts.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Indoors, heat controlled

      99% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    2. Face-to-face discussions

      95% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    3. Being exact or accurate

      95% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

    4. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      94% Important

      Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

    5. Electronic mail

      93% Important

      Use electronic mail.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-4099.01 - Quality Control Analysts.

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