If you enjoy getting creative, working with technology and producing a useful product, a career in the packaging industry could suit you.

Careers information

What does it involve?

Packaging machine operators use specialist machines to create attractive, protective paperboard packaging for things like food, beauty products, household appliances, beverages etc. They also check that packaging meets specifications.

Typical day

Typically, an 8 hour day. Packaging machine operators plan, set up and run machines to make ready, cut and crease substrates, glue and fold elements to meet specific quality standards.

How do I get in to the industry?

Three years of secondary education are recommended to enter training as a printer. Useful subjects include English and maths, or credits in literacy and numeracy, technology and computer studies.

The Gateway secondary schools programme provides structured workplace learning to senior secondary school students. Competenz provides training resources and support to assist a student’s completion of the unit standards.

After school most people find a job as a printer, and then start an apprenticeship.

How much could I earn?

  • Print and packaging machine operators usually earn

    $30k- $50k

  • Print and packaging machine operators with 5 years' experience usually earn

    $60k- $93k