Packager Job Description

WHAT DO PACKAGERS DO?

Packagers are hand laborers who work in warehouses to put together packages. They might assemble packaging like boxes or crates, label and record what is packed, inspect packaging for tears, cracks and dents, and make sure the materials inside are packed in a way to minimize breakage during transit. In some places, they may move the completed and sealed packages to the loading dock for transit.

HOW MUCH DO PACKAGERS MAKE?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that the median 2010 income for material handlers such as packagers was $22,560, or $10.85 per hour.

WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?

Typically, there are no education requirements, but employers might prefer a high school diploma. Training is done on the job, but prior experience with pallet jacks or forklifts might help you get the job.

JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Listening Skills: Packagers need to listen to what sort of orders are needed and pick the right materials.
  • Strength and Stamina: Packagers routinely pick up and move heavy objects.

THE FUTURE OF PACKAGERS

Packagers will grow slower than average between 2010 and 2020, according to the BLS.