Six Sigma Careers

Six Sigma is a business management strategy, originally developed by Motorola, that is now widespread throughout numerous industries. Six Sigma emphasize continuous quality improvement, with the goal of near perfection (specifically 99.9997% efficiency). The name has its origin in the concept of eliminating defects in a process: to achieve Six Sigma, a given process (such as manufacturing a product) must not produce more than 3.4 defects per million. A defect is known as anything that may cause customer dissatisfaction. People who are experts in the methods of achieving the highest possible standards of quality are known as “Black Belts.”

Employment Opportunities

Six Sigma professionals may work in a variety of environments, including:

  • Manufacturing
  • Computer industry
  • Technology
  • Training and instruction
  • Communications
  • Aerospace
  • Transportation

Skills

Six Sigma professionals need a wide range of capabilities, including:

  • Strong analytical abilities
  • Problem solving
  • Self confidence
  • Creativity
  • Ability to “think outside the box”
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Communication, both verbal and written
  • Understanding of statistical analysis

Industry Spotlight

With companies hiring Six Sigma professionals more than ever, there is no dearth of jobs available with some of the best companies. Many qualified Six Sigma professionals that also have extensive experience also have the option of opening their own consultancies. While with operating your own business, there is lot of hard work involved. However, the opportunities are also endless.

- www.sixsigmaonline.org, 2008