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The Six Sigma methodology has become the gold standard for process improvement in today’s manufacturing world. Organizations that master these principles typically experience greater efficiency, fewer defects and less waste, leading to increased productivity and profitability. Because of its success, manufacturing operations in South Central PA and beyond are actively seeking job candidates who have earned Six Sigma certification. Consequently, getting certified can lead to a wide range of exciting and rewarding Six Sigma career opportunities.

Six Sigma Certification Levels & Titles

Attaining Six Sigma certification requires a combination of training and preparing for and passing the certification exams. Six Sigma consists of five levels, or “belts.” A color signifies each belt, starting with white, which represents an introductory level of knowledge. As workers climb the certification ladder, they’ll earn their yellow, green and black belts. Those who reach the pinnacle and attain a master black belt cert possess the skills and expertise to train and coach black and green belt candidates.

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Six Sigma Career Opportunities

As you progress through the certification process and gain more relevant work experience, you’ll become an attractive candidate for a variety of career openings. Examples of jobs after Six Sigma certification include:

  • White Belt: Individuals with a white belt cert generally qualify for positions that entail working as a part of a problem-solving team. Examples of available jobs include Continuous Improvement Engineer, Production Line Manager, Quality Assurance Manager and Senior Systems Engineer.
  • Yellow Belt: Yellow belt holders typically participate as project team members that conduct process improvement reviews. Job titles can include Business Optimization Specialist, Supply Chain Manager, Business Process Analyst and Continuous Improvement Manager.
  • Green Belt: Those with green belts often serve as project leaders and perform data analysis for black belt projects. Job possibilities can consist of roles such as Process Development Engineer, Project Manager, Senior Continuous Improvement Specialist and Data Scientist.
  • Black Belt: There are several career paths open to Six Sigma black belts. With a Six Sigma black belt, you can lead problem-solving projects and train and coach project teams. Potential job titles for lean Six Sigma black belts include Operations Director, Senior Business Process Analyst, Senior Continuous Improvement Leader and Senior Project Manager.
  • Master Black Belt: As an MBB, you may serve in various roles that entail handling complex business practices and implementing specialized process improvement programs as well as teaching, coaching and mentoring. Job possibilities may consist of titles such as Lean Process Improvement Director, Scrum Master and Continuous Improvement Site Leader.

Six Sigma Salary Information

The average salary for someone with a Six Sigma certificate can vary widely depending on factors such as job title, industry, organization, geographic location, level of experience and level of certification. For example, according to, the average annual Six Sigma green belt salary in the U.S. in 2019 is $69,903, while black belt holders earn an average of $97,919.

MANTEC Provides Six Sigma Career Path Training Opportunities

MANTEC is a non-profit manufacturing consulting firm that offers a host of cost-effective training programs in South Central PA. These programs can lead to enhanced Six Sigma career opportunities for your employees. Now is the time to take advantage of the abundance of lean Six Sigma jobs and work towards a Six Sigma certification. Call MANTEC at 717-843-5054 or contact us online to learn more.

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