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Kenneth W. Richards '08
M.S. Quality Management
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
Alumni
The faculty and administration at Florida Tech really care about educating students. As far as why I chose this Florida Tech program I am currently employed at Lockheed Martin as a quality engineer and wanted to become more empowered to become a better quality engineer. If I could give someone any one bit of advice about seeking a master’s degree, I say go for it.
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Quality management jobs revolve around ensuring products and services provided by a company meet the standards set by the company and any regulatory agencies. A career in quality management provides employment in a variety of job areas including technicians, inspectors, analysts and management who all work together to plan, implement and maintain the quality standards.

Duties for a quality management job can include a myriad of roles including consulting during design and engineering phases, testing product samples, conducting polling and surveys, assembly-line oversight, monitoring of production processes and interaction with other departments. It could also involve staff selection and training, development of policies and procedures as well as regulatory compliance.

Career Outlook

Quality management jobs can be found in just about any industry where products and services are delivered. The United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), predicts employment of quality control inspectors to grow six percent through 2022, reflecting the continuing need for quality assurance testing in a variety of manufacturing industries such as pharmaceutical and medical equipment.

While technological advances drive automation in many segments of the economy, quality control remains an important aspect of the complete process of delivering goods and services. This is particularly important for products that require standards related to taste, smell, texture, appearance or performance.

For top executives, the Bureau predicts an 11 percent growth in employment through 2022, based on the formation of new companies and expansion of existing ones who are working to reach new markets in the global business environment.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook provides information on jobs in quality management as well as hundreds of other occupations, including entry-level education, overall working environment and employment prospects.

Quality Management Jobs

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Salary Expectations

Entry-level salaries for jobs in quality management depend on a number of factors that include company size, location and level of education. In addition to the wages individuals earn, master's degree graduates often earn other compensation such as stock options, performance bonuses, expense allowances and company-paid benefits when securing a management position.

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