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Packaging Technologist Careers

Packaging Technologist Careers

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Work Environment:

Packaging technologists work with producers to develop and design packaging for various products. Generally, they find out new packaging-ideas for products, like household-cleaning products, toiletries, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food and drink.

As a packaging technologist, your tasks could comprise:

  • making sample-packaging to try various designs and materials
  • performing production tests and trials to ensure that packaging is secure and functions correctly

  • meeting production-line engineers to find best mode to create packaging
  • working on artwork alongside graphic designers, to ensure that it's according to firm's branding and marketing plans for product

Your work would also involve considering:

  • costs of production
  • circumstances it might undergo throughout transportation, like temperature
  • legal-requirements, e.g. correct labeling and secure packaging of dangerous materials
  • how brittle product is and how much care it requires
  • environmental-impact of packaging-production, and its disposal after use
  • probable reactions to humidity, light or materials in packaging

Qualification, Education and Experience:

You'd need BTEC: HND, or a degree into packaging design or packaging, to gain entry to this profession. Different subjects might be allowed by employers, comprising physics, materials science, chemistry, food technology or nutrition.

Check the website of UCAS, for details regarding degrees and HNDs.

Then again, you might be capable to find out job as a packaging-line operator and, by training you can advance to packaging technologist.

For information about careers in packaging design and technology, visit the website of Packaging Futures.

Training Details:

You'd get training at the work from experienced staff.

By enrolling as an associate of IoP (Institution of Packaging), at a rank which corresponds to your experience level, you can develop your prospects. Associates have access to workshops, seminars, CPD (Continuing-Professional Development) programs, and short training courses.

The Institution of Packaging (IoP) provides a Diploma into Packaging-Technology, and a Certificate into Packaging.

Visit the website of Packaging Industry-Awarding Body, for additional details regarding Diploma, Certificate and training centers.

You can also acquire postgraduate course into packaging technology provided by Lough borough University and Brunel University.

Skills and knowledge:

  • a creative manner to resolve problems
  • outstanding IT abilities
  • capability to work efficiently to meet targets
  • excellent negotiation and communication abilities
  • capability to handle a budget
  • excellent team working abilities
  • science and mathematical skills
  • concentration to details
  • a readiness to work in a flexible manner

Salary and Other Benefits:

  • Initial remunerations for packaging technologist can be about $16,000 to $21,000 for a year.
  • By experience earnings can boost to around $26,000 to $36,000.
  • And senior packaging technologists may get more than $46,000 annually.

Working Conditions:

You'd work weekly for around 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on weekdays. Sometimes you might have on-call duties, if you're working within manufacturing.

Work would be a mixture of office-work with time employed within factory, administering production procedures, or within labs, testing materials. In these circumstances, you'd put on protective outfits.

You might need to voyage to manufacturers or material suppliers, which can include overnight-stays away from house.

Different Opportunities:

You can discover work chances with retailers, packaging suppliers and producers who manufacture own packaging.

Employment openings are publicized by national and regional press, Packaging-Futures site, and websites of companies.

By experience you can advance to different fields, like artwork design, marketing and sales, or development-management. You can work as a packaging consultant on freelance basis.


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