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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)

£23,000 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 Packaging technologist

You can get into this job through:

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


You could do a foundation degree, a higher national diploma or a degree in packaging technology or packaging design.

Employers may also accept subjects like:

  • materials science
  • food technology
  • 3D design
  • 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 apply for a Packaging Professional Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship.

This can take 4 years to complete and is a mix of on-the-job training and off-site study.

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

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You could start as an assistant technologist or designer and do further training on the job to become a professional packaging technologist.

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Further information

You can learn more about working in packaging technology and design from the Packaging Group.

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 confidently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a packaging technologist you could:

  • produce sample packaging to test different materials and designs
  • run production trials
  • make sure packaging meets quality standards and is safe
  • work closely with product designers and production engineers
  • research ways to make packaging more environmentally friendly
  • write technical reports

Possible green job

This job could help the environment.

For a packaging technologist to be a green job, you could:

  • design packaging that can be reused many times
  • reduce the amount of product packaging to cut down on waste
  • create clear labelling to help customers understand what can be recycled

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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:

  • product design
  • brand design
  • project management
  • marketing and sales

You could also work freelance as a packaging consultant.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Packaging Professional Degree Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £22,500 a year Annually
  • Location: Newark

Design and Innovation Degree Apprentice

  • Wage: Competitive Annually
  • Location: Fordham, Newmarket

Courses In England

Applied Science (Chemistry) — Higher National Certificate (HNC)

  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: LIVERPOOL

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) Biology, Chemistry and Applied Science

  • Start date: 10 September 2024
  • Location: Paignton

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