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Quality control is essential to the growth of any business. Whether a company manufactures products or offers services, it must make certain that what clients receive is of the highest quality possible. In the 1980s, Mikel Harry and Richard Schroeder began codifying quality control while at Motorola. They invented a rigorous, systematic methodology that uses statistical information to identify potential problems and eradicate possible errors. This methodology was coined Six Sigma.

What exactly is Six Sigma?
By using Six Sigma, companies can reduce errors to 3.4 out of one million. In other words, by using the statistical analysis, a company can ensure that their products are 99.9997% reliable (which is essentially perfect). Although Six Sigma officially refers to the methodology created by Mikel Harry and Richard Schroeder, in today's business world, it simply means to strive for perfection. Thus, any person who works in quality control could be considered a Six Sigma specialist. However, if you really want to excel as a quality control expert, Six Sigma courses will vastly improve your employability and salary requirements.

Where can I learn Six Sigma?
Most universities that offer physics, engineering, advanced mathematics, or computer programming will also offer Six Sigma courses. Thus you have a wide range of options from which to choose. Increasingly, Six Sigma courses are available online. Even if you have a busy schedule or live out in the boondocks, you can still train to become a Six Sigma expert and quality control specialist.

Publish date: February 10, 2011