Packaging Engineers

Packaging engineers design, develop, and create containers for all types of goods, such as food, clothing, cosmetics, medicine, housewares, toys, electronics, appliances, and computers. In creating these containers, the packaging engineer's activities include product and cost analysis, management of packaging personnel, development and operation of packaging filling lines, and negotiations with customers or sales representatives.

Packaging engineers may also select, design, and develop the machinery used for packaging operations. They may either modify existing machinery or design new machinery to be used for packaging operations.

Quick Facts
Duties Design and develop packaging for new and existing products; work closely with manufacturing (and other departments) to ensure timelines; perform product stability testing; understand, interpret, and refine package testing procedures and standards
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Internship or co-op experience recommended
  • Computer
  • Interpersonal
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Company Executive
  • Senior Packaging Engineer
  • Packaging Engineer
  • Assocociate Packaging Engineer
  • Packaging Machinery Technician

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