Packaging technologists design and develop packaging for different products.
Salary range: £20,000 to £40,000
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.
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
- equivalent entry requirements
- student finance for fees and living costs
- university courses and entry requirements
You can get into this job through a packaging professional degree apprenticeship.
Employers will set their own entry requirements.
You could start as a packaging line operator. You could then work your way up as your experience grows and by doing industry training.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- 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
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
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.