Tobacco Products Industry Workers

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Tobacco products industry workers manufacture cigars, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, smoking tobacco, and snuff from leaf tobacco. They dry, cure, age, cut, roll, form, and package tobacco in products used by millions of people in the United States and in other countries around the world. Approximately 13,310 people are employed in the tobacco manufacturing industry. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Benders, Bulkers, Case Packers, Case Sealers, Casing Cookers, Casing-Fluid Tenders, Casing-Machine Operators, Casing-Material Weighers, Cellophaners, Cigar-Head Piercers, Cigar Packers, Hand Banders, Hydraulic-Press Operators, Machine Banders, Machine Filler Shredders, Patch Workers, Prizers, Redrying-Machine Operators, Riddler Operators, Snuff-Box Finishers, Snuff Grinders, Snuff Screeners, Strip-Cutting-Machine Operators, Tobacco Farmers, Tobacco Inspectors, Wringer Operators
Duties Dry, cure, age, cut, roll, form, and package tobacco for use in a variety of products
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Primarily North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Earth Science
  • Technical/Shop
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Realistic
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Tobacco Buyer or Tobacco Grader
  • Supervisor or Manager
  • Experienced Tobacco Products Industry Worker
  • Entry-Level Tobacco Products Industry Worker