Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-3% (decline)


What Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers Do

Inspect, test, sort, sample, or weigh nonagricultural raw materials or processed, machined, fabricated, or assembled parts or products for defects, wear, and deviations from specifications. May use precision measuring instruments and complex test equipment.

Other Job Titles Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers May Have

Inspector, Quality Control Inspector (QC Inspector), Quality Inspector, Quality Technician

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Paid by the Piece worker ,


Injection molding (a different section of my workplace) makes these small plastic boxes that are (after completion) shipped everywhere across the country. The plastic piece goes inside the inner structure of a house specifically to do with holding electrical wires and such. My job is to take the fresh parts, inspect to make sure it's clean and perfectly shaped, add barcode stickers, add screws and drill four tiny flap anchors on each one, box six at a time, pallet the boxes, repeat.

Quality Assurance Manager ,

U.S. Mint

I engage in evaluation of incoming shipments (coinage and packaging materials) to determine if they should be released to production for use. I determine acceptability of visual defects for in-process and finished goods. I attend Material Review Boards to work with the production managers to ensure all parties are using he same standards for products that went to the public.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Discard or reject products, materials, or equipment not meeting specifications.
  • Mark items with details, such as grade or acceptance-rejection status.
  • Measure dimensions of products to verify conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments, such as rulers, calipers, gauges, or micrometers.
  • Notify supervisors or other personnel of production problems.
  • Inspect, test, or measure materials, products, installations, or work for conformance to specifications.

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