Transport & Logistics

Packer

Packers work with all types of products including fresh food, and office supplies, weighing them out, and packaging them.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Packer do?

Packers work with all types of products including fresh food, homewares, clothing and office supplies, selecting and weighing them, counting items, packaging and preparing them for shipping.

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Work activities

As a packer your duties could include:

  • Selecting and collecting products ready for packaging
  • Weighing, counting and measuring items to meet order specifications
  • Packaging items in protective materials such as foam, plastic or cardboard boxes
  • Sealing containers once items are packed and attaching shipping labels
  • Updating order records with details of packaged items and missing items
  • Following health and safety procedures relevant to types of items being packed
  • Cleaning and maintaining machinery used in the packing process
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Key skills and interests

To become a packer, you would need:

  • a good level of physical fitness
  • to enjoy practical work
  • able to work quickly and methodically
  • good organisational skills
  • good teamwork skills
  • basic computer skills
  • a safety-conscious attitude to your work
  • good observance of hygiene rules
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In a full-time job you would work a standard number of hours per week. In a factory environment, you may be required to work shifts, including evenings and weekends.

Conditions

You may be required to lift or carry packages. Some roles may require safety equipment such as gloves, goggles or boots to be worn. If working with food products a high standard of hygiene and wearing clean, protective clothing and a hat or hairnet may be required.

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How to become an Packer?

You can work as a packer without formal qualifications. You would receive on-the-job training.

For certain packing work, such as furniture, you may need a forklift licence. Courses are offered and assessed by Registered Training Organisations.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

With the strong increase in online shopping and the move of more retailers to an online platform, there is increasing demand in this area. Whilst some packing roles will increasingly be done using robotic technology, the order checking and packing of fragile or awkward products will still be done by people for the foreseeable. Smaller retailers will most likely continue to use manual labour rather than technology.

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