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Packaging technologist

Alternative titles for this job include

Packaging technologists design and develop packaging for different products.

Average salary (a year)

£22,000 Starter


£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 a week

You could work

days / nights / weekends flexibly

How to become

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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 technology or packaging design.

Other relevant subjects include:

  • materials science
  • food technology
  • nutrition
  • physics
  • 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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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 The Packaging Society.

What it takes

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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
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • produce sample packaging to a brief, to try out different materials and designs
  • run production trials and tests
  • make sure the packaging meets quality standards, works properly and is safe
  • meet with production line engineers to work out the best way to make the packaging
  • work with graphic designers on the artwork, to make sure it's 'on brand'
  • come up with solutions to make packaging more environmentally friendly
  • write technical reports and resource plans

Working environment

You could work in a laboratory, in a factory or in an office.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

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

You could go freelance as a packaging consultant.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a packaging technologist right now.

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Courses In England

Foundation Degree Applied Chemistry (HE Route)

  • Start date: 01 August 2023
  • Location: Workington

A-Level Physics/A-Level Chemistry/BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate Applied Science

  • Start date: 12 September 2023
  • Location: Walsall

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