Packers and Packagers

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Packers and Packagers

Packers and Packagers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, packers and packagers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of social contact. They usually work with others.
  • Communicate with coworkers in person on a daily basis.
  • Work in a group or as part of a team.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of others.
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  • Have limited responsibility for the work done by other workers.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Almost always work indoors. They work outdoors on rare occasions.
  • Work near coworkers, but usually have a few feet of space separating them from others.
  • Are often exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable.
  • Almost always wear gloves, hard hats, or other protective attire.
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  • Are occasionally exposed to contaminants such as dust.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact in their work so that products arrive in good condition.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.
  • Are able to set some tasks and make some decisions without talking to a supervisor.
  • Often have to meet strict deadlines so that products arrive on schedule.


  • Generally have a set schedule each week.
  • Usually work 40 hours a week or more.
  • May work days, nights, or weekends.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.