Packers and Packagers, Hand

General Information

Description

Pack or package by hand a wide variety of products and materials.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Employment Services
  • Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only)
  • Warehousing and Storage

Job Outlook

Overall employment of hand laborers and material movers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Projected employment changes will vary by occupation. Employment of hand laborers and freight, stock, and material movers – about 2/3 of all the workers in this profile - is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Although some warehouses are installing equipment such as high-speed conveyors and sorting systems to increase efficiency, these workers will still be needed to move materials in nearly all sectors of the economy. Employment of hand packers and packagers is projected to grow 2 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations. Grocery stores, which employ many hand packers and packagers, may employ fewer baggers as a growing number of stores also have self-checkouts where customers or existing cashiers bag groceries themselves. However, those employed in warehouses are expected to experience some employment gains as the industry grows. Employment of refuse and recyclable material collectors is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Trash collection activity should be expected to increase as the population grows, and collectors will be needed to remove trash. Employment of cleaners of vehicles and equipment is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for automotive repair and maintenance services, as well as a growing automobile dealers industry, is expected to contribute to employment growth of cleaners of vehicles and equipment. Employment of machine feeders and offbearers is projected to grow 2 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations. Many of these workers are employed in manufacturing industries, in which some functions are automated, so fewer of these workers will be required.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$20,810

State-by-state Salary

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$30,660
$17,860
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 47%
  • Less than high school 31%
  • Some college 18%
  • Post-secondary certificate 2%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Administration and Management
  • English Language
  • Production and Processing
  • Education and Training

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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