Ever wonder how crackers keep from breaking while in transit from a bakery to grocery store, or how they stay fresh until you open the package? Processing and packaging professionals do! Once agricultural commodities leave the farm, it's their job to get products in consumers' hands.
Outlined below is a sampling of careers the processing and packaging sector has to offer. The amount of training required is a general guide. More or less training could be necessary for a specific job.
If you're in high school and interested in a processing and packaging career requiring a four-year degree or additional education, it is recommended you take biology, math or design courses in addition to the suggested college preparatory courses determined by the college of your choice. It is also beneficial to take career and technical education courses relating to agriculture, graphic or computer animated design, or mechanics.
If a processing and packaging career requiring less training than a four-year college degree appeals to you, you're encouraged to participate in a career and technical education program relating to agriculture, graphic or computer animated design, mechanics, electrical, welding, or plumbing.