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Paper Processing Workers

Overview

In papermaking, wood, recycled paper, and a small amount of vegetable fibers are turned into pulp, which is spread in a very thin layer, pressed, and dried. The mass-production processes in which large quantities of paper are made involve the use of highly complicated machinery. Paper processing workers are skilled and semiskilled production workers who complete this process. Also among this group of workers are research, technical, and supervisory personnel, who play various roles in the production of the end product. Approximately 91,400 people are employed as paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders. The United States was the leading producer of paper products until the market was taken over by China in 2009.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $75,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma

Certification/License

None

Outlook

Decline
Personality Traits

Hands On

Problem-Solving

Technical

Career Ladder
Supervisor

Paper Machine Operator

Paper Processing Workers

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