Packaging technologists design and develop packaging materials for all types of products including food and drink, pharmaceuticals and other manufactured goods.
Technologists liaise with product manufacturers to develop packaging for new and existing products, which meets client requirements, is cost-effective and adheres to statutory and regulatory requirements covering that product. In order to design appropriate packaging, a technologist needs to consider:
The packaging components go through several production trials, being continually tested and evaluated until a final version is reached. The technologist consults with production engineers and other specialists in the packaging line operation about how the packaging is to be put together before final approval.
Most packaging technologists work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Those working in manufacturing may occasionally need to be on-call. There may be opportunities for part-time work.
Packaging technologists usually work in an office. Some time testing or weighing materials in laboratories or observing production line processes may be required. On these occasions, protective clothing will be worn.
Some time may be spent visiting material suppliers or manufacturers. This could involve staying away from home for short periods of time.
To be a packaging technologist you should:
Packaging technologists work for packaging manufacturers, retailers and manufacturers of other products. It is possible to move into other areas such as marketing, development management or artwork design. There may be options to work freelance as a packaging consultant.
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