Occupation Profile

Packaging and Filling Machine Workers
(SOC Code : 51-9111)
in California

Operate or tend machines to prepare industrial or consumer products for storage or shipment. Include cannery workers who pack food products.

Employers usually expect an employee in this occupation to be able to do the job after Short-term on-the-job training .

Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
California 20201st Qtr$16.51$12.81$14.83$18.46

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
California 2016 - 202651,20055,7004,5008.86,520

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Employment Services 4,77811.8%
Beverage & Tobacco Product Manufacturing4,2349.7%
Fruit, Vegetable, & Specialty Foods Mfg 1808.5%
Pharmaceutical & Medicine Manufacturing 4257.0%
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting10,1656.2%
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1246.0%
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 3,9565.8%
Other Food Manufacturing 8925.0%
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 2124.1%
Cleaning Compound and Toiletry Mfg 2123.5%
Grocery Product Merchant Wholesalers 3,8663.3%
Other Support Services 8,3302.8%
Plastics & Rubber Products Manufacturing1,2441.7%
Paper/Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers1,1391.5%
Printing and Related Support Activities 5,3101.5%
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 4761.4%
Warehousing and Storage 1,5721.3%

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Sort, grade, weigh, and inspect products, verifying and adjusting product weight or measurement to meet specifications.
Observe machine operations to ensure quality and conformity of filled or packaged products to standards.
Monitor the production line, watching for problems such as pile-ups, jams, or glue that isn`t sticking properly.
Attach identification labels to finished packaged items, or cut stencils and stencil information on containers, such as lot numbers or shipping destinations.
Stock and sort product for packaging or filling machine operation, and replenish packaging supplies, such as wrapping paper, plastic sheet, boxes, cartons, glue, ink, or labels.
Package the product in the form in which it will be sent out, for example, filling bags with flour from a chute or spout.
Inspect and remove defective products and packaging material.
Start machine by engaging controls.
Remove finished packaged items from machine and separate rejected items.
Count and record finished and rejected packaged items.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others` actions.
Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others` reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
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.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
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.
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.

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