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Career Overview

What They Do

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Food Packagers, pack or package by hand a wide variety of products and materials, including things like meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, pre-cooked meats and drinks.

Job Duties

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  • Examine and inspect containers, materials, or products to ensure that product quality and packing specifications are met

  • Measure, weigh, and count products and materials

  • Record product, packaging, and order information on specified forms and records

  • Seal containers or materials, using glues, fasteners, nails, and hand tools

  • Assemble, line, and pad cartons, crates, and containers, using hand tools

  • Move materials, equipment, or supplies

  • Sort materials or objects for processing

  • Load materials into equipment for processing

  • Mark materials or objects for identification

Job Earnings

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$26,020 per year 
$12.51 per hour

Education/Training Requirements

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Food packaging positions typically require a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate.

Job Outlook & Growth


While food packaging careers nation wide are projected to decline by 4% from 2018 - 2028, in New York State food packaging careers are projected to grow 6% from 2016-2026.  The projected job openings in food packaging in NYS are 4,510 annually.

Career Pathway

Ways to Start Preparing for Your Future Career TODAY!

Middle & High School Opportunities

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Local Colleges/Training

  • RIT (Rochester)

Local Career Connection

Jessica Martinez, Packaging Operator


Avon, NY

Deeper Dive

Packaging Innovation at RIT

RIT Alumni

Hood Today

HP Hood

Where Can I Work?

Local GLOW Companies With Food Packaging Jobs

Barilla Logo
Creative Foods Logo
Freeze-Dry Foods Logo
HH Dobbins Logo
HP Hood Logo
Lake Ontario Fruit Logo
Mizkan Logo
Oliver's Candies Logo
Kraft Heinz Logo
Pride Pak Logo
Yancey's Fancy logo
O-AT-KA logo
Seneca Foods logo
Bonduelle Logo

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