Packaging Technologists

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Packaging technologists are responsible for the design, development and manufacture of packaging for a range of products.

Packaging technologists work on packaging ideas for food and drink, cosmetics, toiletries and lots more.

Specific job responsibilities vary, but generally include:

  • generating new packaging products in response to briefs

  • ensuring that packaging products meet set requirements and specifications

  • producing samples to try out different materials and designs

  • liaising with marketing, purchasing and production staff

  • running trials to check packaging for suitability and testing for performance under various conditions

  • controlling production and quality standards

  • evaluating, selecting and negotiating with suppliers

  • identifying and choosing products from suppliers

  • writing reports

  • keeping up to date with technological innovations


Qualifications and training required


There are routes into a career in packaging technology for both university graduates and school leavers. Graduates will need a degree in an appropriate technical, scientific or engineering subject such as graphic design, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, production or manufacturing engineering, materials sciences and life, medical or physical sciences.

Candidates who have relevant work experience are often at an advantage. Experience gained through employment as a technician or in product development, manufacturing, process, or quality control work can be valuable.


Key skills for packaging technologists


  • Excellent communication skills

  • Design skills

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Good attention to detail

  • Technical skills

  • Good teamworking abilities


Typical employers of packaging technologists


  • Manufacturing companies

  • Pharmaceutical companies

  • Retailers

  • Packaging producers

  • Packaging converters


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