£17,680 Average salary at age 20
£23,920 Average Salary
44 Average hours per week


Jobholders in this unit group pack, wrap, fill, label and seal containers by hand or machine.

Main Tasks

  • Selects appropriate cylinder, ensures that there is no corrosion or other damage and fills with gas;
  • Fills tubes, ampoules, bottles, drums, barrels, bags, sacks, cans, boxes and other containers by hand using measuring/weighing aid or by positioning container under feeder spout;
  • Packs heavy goods in crates and boxes using hoist, mobile crane or similar lifting equipment;
  • Loads machine with packaging containers, materials, adhesive, etc., loads hopper with items to be packaged/wrapped, monitors filling, wrapping and packaging, adjusts controls as necessary and clears any blockages;
  • Examines cans, bottles and seals and rejects any that are faulty;
  • Labels goods by hand or machine;
  • Packs specialist items according to specifications and completes necessary documentation.


No academic qualifications are required. Training is typically provided on-the-job and varies according to the type of packing and product. Formal courses are run for specialist packing.

What Packers, bottlers, canners and fillers studied in higher education

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What Packers, bottlers, canners and fillers studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L4) Social policy1
(L7) Human & social geography1
(G1) Mathematics1
(W2) Design studies4
(L3) Sociology3
(C1) Biology4
(H3) Mechanical engineering4
(F1) Chemistry1
(C8) Psychology3
(W1) Fine art1
(P4) Publishing1
(V3) History by topic1
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments1
(D3) Animal science1
(F6) Geology1
(W6) Cinematics & photography1
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry1
(Q3) English studies7
(H8) Chemical, process & energy engineering1
(L2) Politics2
(K2) Building1
(K1) Architecture1
(B7) Nursing1
(R1) French studies1
(M1) Law by area1
(M2) Law by topic3
(J9) Others in technology1
(I2) Information systems1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport3
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine3
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences2
(I3) Software engineering1
(F3) Physics1
(L1) Economics3
(Q1) Linguistics1
(N1) Business studies7
(L5) Social work1
(N4) Accounting3
(C6) Sport & exercise science4
(C3) Zoology1
(P3) Media studies1
(V1) History by period7
(Q8) Classical studies1
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering1
(I1) Computer science3

UK Prospects

87900 Workforce Size
0.86% Predicted decline 2024 - 2027
13828 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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