HAND PACKERS/PACKAGERS manually pack, package, or wrap all kinds of products or materials to be shipped or marketed. They clean containers, and line and pad crates. Hand packers wrap material, such as bubble wrap or foam peanuts, around the products for protection and put them in cartons. They weigh cartons and adjust amounts as needed. Hand packers may inspect products and cartons for defects as they are packing, and stamp information on the products. Hand packers/packagers keep records of the items they pack, and the weight, time, and date packaged, and stack packages on loading docks.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $26,000 average per year ($12.50 per hour)
- A large occupation (676,900 workers in 2010)
- Expected to decline (0.4% per year)
Employers will hire HAND PACKERS/PACKAGERS with no work experience or previous training. Some employers require a high school diploma. Employers look for people who are reliable and hard working. Hand packers learn their skills on the job from experienced workers or supervisors. They need no license or certificate.