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Packers and Packagers, Hand
SOC Code: 53-7064.00

Pack or package by hand a wide variety of products and materials.

Sample of reported job titles: Bagger, Inspector Packer, Mini Shifter, Pack Out Operator, Packager, Packer, Picker and Packer, Sacker, Selector Packer, Shipping Clerk


  • Load materials and products into package processing equipment.
  • Clean containers, materials, supplies, or work areas, using cleaning solutions and hand tools.
  • Record product, packaging, and order information on specified forms and records.
  • Examine and inspect containers, materials, and products to ensure that packing specifications are met.
  • Measure, weigh, and count products and materials.
  • Mark and label containers, container tags, or products, using marking tools.
  • Place or pour products or materials into containers, using hand tools and equipment, or fill containers from spouts or chutes.
  • Remove completed or defective products or materials, placing them on moving equipment, such as conveyors, or in specified areas, such as loading docks.
  • Transport packages to customers' vehicles.
  • Assemble, line, and pad cartons, crates, and containers, using hand tools.
  • Obtain, move, and sort products, materials, containers, and orders, using hand tools.
  • Seal containers or materials, using glues, fasteners, nails, and hand tools.

Technology Skills

  • Computer aided design CAD software - Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Data base user interface and query software - Data entry software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software - SAP
  • Inventory management software - Inventory tracking software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Bench scales - Computerized scales
  • Box sealing tape dispensers - Electronic water-activated tape dispensers; Pistol grip tape dispensers
  • Bundling machines - Bundling equipment
  • Claw hammer - Claw hammers
  • Floor or platform scales - Industrial scales
  • Forklifts
  • Form or fill or seal machinery - Bagging machines; Clamshell sealers; Heat sealers
  • Glue guns
  • Heat guns - Heat shrink guns
  • Industrial shrink wrap equipment - Shrink wrap machines
  • Label applying machines - Label applicators
  • Label making machines - Label printers
  • Lettering equipment - Stencil machines
  • Packaging vacuum - Vacuum packagers
  • Paint brushes - Stencil brushes
  • Paint rollers - Stencil rollers
  • Pallet trucks - Pallet jacks
  • Personal computers
  • Pneumatic nail drivers - Power nailers
  • Power saws
  • Power staple guns - Power tackers
  • Scanners - Computer scanners
  • Screwdrivers - Straight screwdrivers
  • Staple guns - Carton closing staplers; Foot-operated staplers; Pneumatic roll staplers; Pneumatic stick staplers (see all 5 examples)
  • Staplers - Electric tabletop staplers; Manual hand staplers
  • Strapping dispenser - Combination polypropylene strapping tools; Stretch wrap dispensers
  • Strapping tensioners or sealers - Strap sealers; Strap tensioners
  • Tape measures - Measuring tapes
  • Utility knives
  • Wire cutters - Strap cutters
  • Wire lug crimping tool - Plastic strap crimpers
  • Wrapping machinery - Strapping machines; Stretch wrapping machines


  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.


  • Interest code: RC
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Spend Time Standing - 92% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 84% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 55% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Contact With Others - 71% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 68% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 42% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 71% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 63% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Physical Proximity - 46% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 38% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 37% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 61% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 36% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 33% responded “Very important.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 39% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment - 39% responded “Important.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 47% responded “Every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 32% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 27% responded “Very important results.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 37% responded “Never.”
  • Time Pressure - 32% responded “Every day.”


Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
47%High school diploma or equivalent
31%Less than high school diploma
19%Some college, no degree

Work Styles

  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Work Values

  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $11.27 hourly, $23,430 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 711,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Slower than average (2% to 4%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 108,400

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