Packaging TechnologistJob Description:
Packaging technologists design and develop packaging for different products.Job Category:
What you will do:
In this role 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
- work out ways to make packaging more environmentally friendly
- write technical reports
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- knowledge and understanding of design skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
As well as:
To become a packaging technologist, you don’t typically need specific subjects. However, there are subjects and skills that can be beneficial and relevant to this career:
- Science (e.g., Chemistry and Physics): A fundamental understanding of chemistry and physics can be useful for comprehending the materials and principles behind packaging technology, especially if you plan to work with materials, design, or testing.
- Mathematics: Basic math skills are important for measurements, calculations, and statistical analysis related to packaging design and quality control.
- Design and Technology: Courses in design and technology can provide you with knowledge of design principles, CAD (Computer-Aided Design) skills, and an understanding of manufacturing processes, which can be valuable in packaging design and development.
- Business or Economics: Packaging technologists often need to consider the cost-effectiveness and marketability of packaging solutions. A background in business or economics can help you make informed decisions in this regard.
- ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Proficiency in using computer software for design and data analysis can be advantageous in this field.
- English Language: Strong communication skills are essential for collaborating with teams, documenting designs and processes, and presenting packaging solutions to clients or stakeholders.
- Environmental Science or Sustainability: As sustainability becomes increasingly important in packaging design, knowledge of environmental science and sustainability principles can be valuable for creating eco-friendly packaging solutions.
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
You can get into this job by doing a Packaging Professional Degree Apprenticeship.
This can take 4 years to complete.
You could start as an assistant packaging technologist or designer and work your way up through training and promotion.
Working Hours and Environment:
You would typically work 40 to 42 hours per week. You could need to work flexibly – days / nights / weekends.
You could work in a laboratory, in a factory or in an office.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career Path & 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.