- Work on designing and developing packaging for products
- Combine design skills with technical knowledge and problem-solving
- Opportunity to move into product design, sales or marketing roles
As a packaging technologist, you'll be responsible for designing product packaging and materials.
- Producing sample packaging to try out different materials and designs
- Running production trials and tests to make sure the packaging works properly and is safe
- Meeting with production line engineers to work out the best way to make the packaging
- Working with graphic designers on the artwork to make sure it fits in with the company's marketing and branding schemes
You could work in a laboratory or in an office, and protective clothing may be required at times.
For this role, you'll need design skills and knowledge, innovation, analytical thinking skills, thinking and reasoning skills, knowledge of engineering science and technology, persistence and determination, thoroughness and attention to detail, and the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools.
You'll usually need a foundation degree, a higher national diploma or a degree in packaging or packaging design. Other relevant subjects include materials science, food technology, nutrition, physics or chemistry.
You can get this job through a packaging professional degree apprenticeship.
You could start as a packaging line operator and work your way up with industry training.
With experience, you could move into areas like marketing and sales, development management or artwork design. You could go freelance as a packaging consultant.