Tobacco Products Industry Workers

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 13,650 people are employed in the tobacco manufacturing industry. 

Quick Facts
Duties Dry, cure, age, cut, roll, form, and package tobacco for use in a variety of products
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
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Primarily North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • English
  • Technical/Shop
Experience On-the-job training
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Tobacco Buyer or Tobacco Grader
  • Supervisor or Manager
  • Experienced Tobacco Products Industry Worker
  • Entry-Level Tobacco Products Industry Worker

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