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Food Quality Control Lab Technicians Testing Food in a Laboratory

Lab Technician

Quality Control

Career Overview

What They Do


Quality Control (Q.C.) Laboratory Technicians are responsible for maintaining quality assurance processes, testing of products, and recording and analyzing results gathered during product development and production.  Q.C. lab technicians can be found in different sectors like manufacturing and food processing.  They work to ensure that production or manufacturing processes and products created meet the quality specifications that are laid out by the company and federal and state health and safety standards.

Job Duties

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  • Collect regular samples for shelf life and analysis at the laboratory

  • Conduct standardized tests on food, beverages, and additives

  • Identify any product imperfections using chemical analysis or mechanical or electronic equipment

  • Record and compile all test results and report all product inconsistencies or variations

  • Maintain records of testing results or other documents as required by state or other governing agencies

  • Ensure there is quality testing at all times and carry out inspections so as to meet the standard set by the company

  • Encourage and enforce cleanliness on the part of the staff to ensure safe working conditions

  • Focus on corrective actions in order to make sure the products meet required specifications

Job Earnings

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(**2019 Median Annual Salary)

$36,868 per year (Average Salary in NYS) 
$14 - $19 per hour (hourly wage based on experience)

Education/Training Requirements


Most employers prefer applicants to have a four-year degree and one to two years of experience but this is changing, if the two-year educational program targets the necessary knowledge, and laboratory skills for these positions. Some employers prefer to hire quality control technicians who are certified (i.e. American Society for Quality). 

Job Outlook & Growth

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Employment of quality control technicians is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. 

Career Pathway

Ways to Start Preparing for Your Future Career TODAY!

Middle & High School Opportunities


Local Colleges/Training


Local Career Connection

Jeremy George,

Quality Assurance Lab Supervisor

O-AT-KA Milk Products, Inc.

Batavia, NY

Deeper Dive

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Where Can I Work?

Local GLOW Companies with Quality Control Laboratory Technician Jobs

Barilla Logo
Creative Foods logo
HP Hood Logo
Once Again Nut Butter Logo
Kraft Heinz Logo
O-AT-KA Milk Products, Inc. Logo
Tree House Logo
Pride Pak Logo
Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc. Logo
Yancey's Fancy logo
Bonduelle Logo

This is a selection of businesses in the region offering this career.  That does not mean that there are currently positions available.  For information on companies who are hiring right now, please visit

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