What do they do?

Operate or tend machines to prepare industrial or consumer products for storage or shipment. Includes cannery workers who pack food products.

Also known as:

Bundler, Chemical Operator, Closing Machine Operator, Computer Numerical Control Machine Operator (CNC Machine Operator), Filler Operator, Machine Operator, Packaging Machine Operator, Packaging Operator, Packer Inspector, Packing Attendant, Packing Machine Operator

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders is projected to grow 7 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment in VA

No Data Available
  • 7.9%


    Ranks #35 in job growth rate

    Job Openings

    Ranks #23 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (<1%)
  • Master's degree  (1%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (5%)
  • Associate's degree  (4%)
  • Some college, no degree  (16%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (42%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (31%)

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
  • Weigh finished products.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Sort materials or products for processing, storing, shipping, or grading.
  • Clear equipment jams.
  • Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed.
  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment.
  • Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions.
  • Package products for storage or shipment.
  • Clean production equipment.
  • Lubricate production equipment.
  • Repair production equipment or tools.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
  • Feed materials or products into or through equipment.
  • Stack finished items for further processing or shipment.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
  • Count finished products or workpieces.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Prepare materials for processing.
  • Sew clothing or other articles.
  • Clean materials to prepare them for production.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 28.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Logo Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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