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Packaging Industry offers a multi-disciplinary career. It requires specialized knowledge of the materials, processing, design, quality, and environmental trends. This is a great career with lot of growth potentials.
According to the Industrial Survey, " the demand for talent is so great, it's impeding prosperity for International Packaging Companies. The industry continues to grow significantly. The problem has been having the personnel to keep pace with developing technology."
In the current scenario, Packaging Companies both large and small are looking for Indian technical and non-technical professionals who can bring value to their products and incorporate higher levels of technology.
Packaging Professionals are needed in many areas of specialization like, Production, Research & Development, Purchase and Marketing. A constantly growing import and export market is also throwing open many avenues of employment for trained packaging technologists. Those looking for a career in this industry can find jobs in :
- Planning and developing new packages, or improving present
packages to meet standards of quality, function and cost.
- Drawing detailed specifications and descriptive materials for
new package ideas and ways to improve existing packages.
- Conducting necessary tests of new and improved packages and packaging materials.
- Translating marketing recommendations and concepts into realistic packaging specifications for all company products.
- Designing packaging for products consistent with anticipated product application, available packaging equipment, projected costs and anticipated volumes.
- Marketing of new merchandise techniques and developing display materials of new packages or packaging changes.
Many professions are closely connected with the packaging industry, like that of, Bindery Machine Operators and Tenders, Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers, Combination Machine Tool Operators and Tenders, Metal and Plastic Fiber Product Cutting Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators, Metal-Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators, Numerical Control Machine Tool Operators and Tenders, Metal and Plastic Plate Finishers, Shear and Slitter Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators, Woodworking Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators.
Important Skills Required
The Must Have's
- Equipment Selection
- Product Inspection
- Operation Monitoring
- Operation and Control
- Equipment Maintenance
- Manual Dexterity
- Control Precision
- Arm-Hand Steadiness
- Near Vision
International Employers prefer candidates who either have done a course in this field or hold any certification related to the industry. Since, the demand for trained packaging technologists is high, these companies also employ science & engineering graduates and give them on the job training. Engineering graduates are generally inducted into the manufacturing field and science graduates into design and marketing fields.