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Packers and Packagers

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This is a Demand OccupationA Demand Occupation is defined as follows.

The hierarchy for qualification is the Regional Demand
(the occupation had a entry wage equal to or greater
than 90% of the Economic Development Region (EDR) negotiated
wage as an average of all LWIA’s in the EDR AND at
least 25 annual average job openings in the EDR);
State Wide (the occupation qualified for at least
5 of the Regional Demands and thus was added to all
ten EDR lists); Career Cluster (the occupation is
listed on at least one of the six career clusters
Illinois has identified as priority [data is available
under the career clusters on the The National
Association of State Directors of Career Technical
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Request (an LWIA received approval of a request to
add an occupation code to its EDR list based on substantiative
data and information supporting a need in the region).
NOTE: Only those occupations with a Source of Regional
Demand or State Wide will be eligible for incentive
bonus award under the Minimum Training Expenditure
policy requirements.

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Packers and Packagers - Occupation Overview

  • Some tend packing machines
  • Most work by hand
  • May work full time or part time
  • May work days, nights, or weekends
  • Train on the job
  • Earn $20,277 per year (Illinois median)
  • Earn $19,910 per year (national median)

Packers and packagers prepare materials for shipping.

Packers and packagers fill boxes, crates, and other containers with products to be shipped. They prepare containers for shipping. They gather the items to be packed and the materials to wrap them in.

Packers and packagers wrap fragile items in bubble wrap or plastic to protect them. Other items require less care. Packers and packagers may stack sturdy items on top of each other to fill containers.

Packers and packagers keep track of how many items they pack in each container. They record this information on forms. Some items are packed by weight rather than number. Packers and packagers weigh containers to determine if they are full.

Once containers are full, packers and packagers seal them. They apply labels to containers so others know what they contain. Packers and packagers inspect their work to make sure it meets standards.

Some packers and packagers tend packing machines. They fill these machines with the items to be packed and the packing materials. They watch these machines to make sure they process items correctly.

Packers and packagers clean their work areas.


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