Canning and Preserving Industry Workers

Canning and preserving industry workers monitor equipment and perform routine tasks in food-processing plants that can, preserve, and quick-freeze such foods as vegetables, fruits, frozen dinners, jams, jellies, preserves, pickles, and soups. They also process and preserve seafood, including shrimp, oysters, crabs, clams, and fish. The job closest to canning and preserving industry workers that the U.S. Department of Labor provides information for is food batchmakers, and there are 109,660 of them working in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Mix or blend ingredients for food products; follow recipes; record production and test data; set up, operate, and monitor equipment; clean and sterilize vats and factory processing areas
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) California, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin; major urban centers
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Chemistry
  • Family and Consumer Science
Experience Prior food preparation experience; on-the-job training
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Food Technologist
  • Food Processing Industry Field Contractor
  • Food Batchmaker
  • Production Helper

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