Packaging technologist

Packaging technologists design and develop packaging for different products.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter

to

£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

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.

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

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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 and Creative Choices.

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

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.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Print Finisher

  • Wage : £168.75 Weekly
  • Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne NE6 2PA

Print Technician Apprentice

  • Wage : £12,675.00 Annually
  • Location: Manchester M17 1BS

Courses In England

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

  • Provider: Wirral Met College
  • Start date: 16 September 2020
  • Location: Birkenhead

Foundation Degree Applied Chemistry

  • Provider: LAKES COLLEGE WEST CUMBRIA
  • Start date: 15 May 2022
  • Location: WORKINGTON

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