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Packaging technologist

Packaging technologists design and develop packaging for different products.

Annual Salary

£20,000 to £40,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

40 to 42 a week

You could work: on call; occasionally

2%
Future employment

There will be 2% more Packaging technologist jobs in 2025.
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What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • producing sample packaging to try out different materials and designs
  • running production trials and tests to make sure the packaging works properly and is safe
  • meeting with production line engineers to work out the best way to make the packaging
  • working with graphic designers on the artwork, to make sure it fits in with the company’s marketing and branding schemes

Working environment

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in a laboratory or in an office.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
University

You'll usually need a foundation degree, a higher national diploma or a degree in packaging or packaging design.

Other relevant subjects include materials science, food technology, nutrition, physics or chemistry.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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Apprenticeship

You can get into this job through a packaging professional degree apprenticeship.

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Work

You could start as a packaging line operator. You could then work your way up as your experience grows and by doing industry training.

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Further information

You can find out more on careers in packaging technology and design from The Packaging Society.

With experience, you could move into areas like marketing and sales, development management or artwork design.

You could go freelance as a packaging consultant.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • design skills and knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to work on your own
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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