Packaging technologist

Packaging technologists design and develop packaging for different products.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter


£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 a week

You could work

on call occasionally

How to become a packaging technologist

You can get into this job through:

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


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 for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

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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 Packaging Futures.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

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
  • you will be expected to use a computer confidently as part of this job.

What you'll do

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 could work in a laboratory or in an office.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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

You could go freelance as a packaging consultant.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice – Printing Services

  • Wage : £7,718.00 Annually
  • Location: Paignton TQ4 7EJ

Lithographic Print Apprentice

  • Wage : £157.50 - £293.63 Weekly
  • Location: Kendal LA8 9PB

Courses In England

BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) Applied Chemistry (2 Year) (part-time)

  • Provider: Wirral Met College
  • Start date: 18 September 2019
  • Location: Birkenhead

HNC in Applied Chemistry

  • Start date: 05 June 2020
  • Location: WORKINGTON

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