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

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 457525 14.97 1219
United States 496,600495,500 -0.20 12,48012,480

Job outlook

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


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 19.4010.5213.35 17.6823.6830.57
Alaska 30.1717.3122.88 30.7536.8643.47
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 30.3519.5823.02 27.8635.4243.08
Fairbanks North Star Borough 27.0217.3320.12 24.6531.6643.14
Balance of State 30.5616.2624.44 32.4837.3143.51

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
611310 50.737.2 27.0
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation106
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation9
UI claimants previously working in occupation51
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 257
Number of job position postings 24
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 10.7

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
Global Technical Services   (Kenai)
Infrared Thermography
Magnetic Particle/Penetrant Testing Level I/II
Radiation Safety

 Degree
Satori Group Inc   (Anchorage)
NIOSH 582