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53-7064.00 - Packers and Packagers, Hand

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

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

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

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

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

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Inventory tracking software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Move materials, equipment, or supplies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Weigh materials to ensure compliance with specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure product or material dimensions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record details of deliveries or shipments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sort materials or objects for processing or transport. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mark materials or objects for identification. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Remove debris or damaged materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load materials into equipment for processing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean facilities or work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Set up material handling gear or equipment, such as rigging, packaging, or temporary structures. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

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

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


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

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Interests

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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.

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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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $9.77 hourly, $20,330 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 667,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 215,000
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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