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Hand Packer/Packager  What They Do

Just the Facts


Packs or packages by hand a wide variety of products and materials.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Loads materials and products into package processing equipment.
  • Cleans containers, materials, supplies, or work areas, using cleaning solutions and hand tools.
  • Records product, packaging, and order information on specified forms and records.
  • Examines and inspects products and containers to ensure the packaging process meets specifications.
  • Measures, weighs, and counts products and materials.
  • Marks and labels containers, container tags, or products, using marking tools.
  • Places or pours products or materials into containers, using hand tools and equipment, or fills containers from spouts or chutes.
  • Removes completed or defective products or materials, placing them on moving equipment such as conveyors or in specified areas such as loading docks.
  • Transports packages to customers' vehicles.
  • Assembles, lines, and pads cartons, crates, and containers, using hand tools.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Shingle Weaver -- Packs shingles or shakes into bundles for shipment.
  • Shipping Clerk -- Prepares the packages that are going to be shipped out and maintains all the paperwork and records of each shipment sent.
  • Agricultural Produce Packer -- Packs agricultural produce, for example bulbs, fruits, nuts, eggs, and vegetables, for storage or shipment.
  • Ampoule Sealer -- Seals ampoules filled with liquid drug products, preparatory to packaging.
  • Bottling Line Attendant -- Prepares filled bottles of liquid for packing and shipping.
  • Order Picker -- Fills customer orders and delivers them to the delivery platform in a manner that meets company standards for safety, security, and productivity.
  • Sandwich Wrapper --
  • Sausage Stringer --
  • Pastry Wrapper --
  • Bulb Packer --
  • Cake Icer and Packer --
  • Egg Caser --
  • Furniture Crater --
  • Gift Basket Packer --