Quality Progress - December 2017 - 24
2017 QP Salary Survey
TA B L E 3
Highest education level
for selected job titles
degree or less
This table examines the four jobs most often held as someone's ﬁrst-ever employment.
It allows you to guess that calibration technician and technician are probably classic entrylevel positions.
The table also allows you to guess that for the other two positions, the prime qualiﬁcations are
learned in school rather than on the job. In addition, these are the jobs you can get straight out of a
specialized college or graduate program.
The columns show the highest level of education of actual holders of the title-as opposed to those
reporting that a certain level of education was required to take the job. That information was taken
from 2016 results and used in Table 5.
title is their first job. In each column, the
blue cells highlight the highest values in the
column, and the beige cells show the lowest.
We see four job titles most-often held as the
first job among our respondents: calibration
technician, statistician, process/manufacturing/product engineer and technician.
Table 3 shows the highest level of formal
education among the respondents holding these four titles. We see that a degree
beyond a bachelor's degree is rare for those
holding the technician title, and nonexistent
for the sample of calibration technicians. This
suggests that these may be truly entry-level
positions. Because they require little formal
Of all respondents who
told us about their prior
employment, 57.3% moved
to a new employer in taking
their current position.
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education, perhaps they also require little prior experience.
The other two titles in Table 3 are a different matter. Respondents
holding a title such as process/manufacturing/project engineer are
likely to hold a four-year degree or higher. Only 9.4% of them have
achieved less than a bachelor's degree.
Statisticians, as a group, have even more education: None holds
less than a bachelor's degree, and 87.5% hold a master's degree or
higher. You might guess that these are jobs requiring skills or knowledge taught in academic settings, and those school-taught skills are
more important than on-the-job training. So, these are entry-level
positions but they require what colleges and universities happen to
Table 4 (pp. 26-27) is a cross-tabulation of job titles currently held
(rows) with titles held in one's most recent prior position. Here, note
that for any title currently held, the last title held is likely, in many
cases, to be the same title. There are a couple of reasons for this.
+ Many job changes involve a change of employer, Table 2 shows.
For example, for all respondents taken together (top row),
57.3% moved to a new, different employer in taking their current
position. In many of these cases, it may be expected that the new
organization gave the respondent the same title he or she had
held at the previous employer.
+ The titles given here are generalized titles. For each one, there
may be a more specific title that falls into the same category.
To demonstrate this, we asked that respondents, in addition to
choosing a title from our prepared list, submit their exact job title.
Among the 1,401 people who gave both pieces of information and