In this career, your responsibilities may include:
- Testing raw materials and finished products to ensure they meet internal standards as well as government regulations
- Analyzing and documenting the test results, and making recommendations based on findings
- Maintaining and calibrating laboratory equipment, and coordinating with contract laboratories
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Typically requires a bachelor’s degree, although some employers will accept an associate degree plus related work experience, and some prefer a master’s degree. Obtaining a higher degree can make you eligible for careers with greater responsibility and higher salaries in this career pathway. Your existing degree might give you advanced standing or transfer credit towards a higher degree, reducing the time it would take you to graduate.
Certification is not required, but could make employers more likely to hire you or offer you a higher salary.
You may be eligible for good manufacturing practices (GMP) certification. GMP certifications are offered by several organizations:
- Pharmaceutical GMP Professional Certification (CPGP) from the American Society for Quality
- Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) Professional (GMPro) from BioPharma Institute
- Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) Certified Professional (GMPCP) from the Center for Professional Innovation & Education (CfPIE)
No licensure is required to work as a Quality Control Analyst.