Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers (51-9061)

Occupation description:  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.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 218231 6.09 1727
United States 520,700465,200 -10.720,500 37,70052,650

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2018 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 20.2011.3214.13 18.3924.5131.49
Alaska 34.3812.3124.96 33.6941.0149.42
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 35.4320.2123.65 28.8739.2750.19

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
358154 43.040.0 30.0
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation287
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation21
UI claimants previously working in occupation51
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 276
Number of job position postings 16
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 17.2

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
Alaska Technical Training, Inc.   (Soldotna)
AWS CWI Preparation
Basic Corrosion
Magnetic Particle I/II
Magnetic Particle III
Penetrant Testing Level I
Penetrant Testing Level II
Penetrant Testing Level III
Radiation Safety
Radiographic Film Interpretation
Radiographic Testing - Level I
Radiographic Testing - Level II
Ultrasonic Testing -Level I
Ultrasonic Testing -Level II
Visual Testing Level I/II
Visual Testing Level III

 Degree
Satori Group Inc   (Anchorage)
NIOSH 582