Feb 23 2015

Everything You Need to Know About a Packaging Degree

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A packaging degree is certainly one that you may want to consider if you have an interest in the field.  Simply put, according to a survey conducted on 2009 graduates of the University of Wisconsin-Stout’s packaging program, 95 percent of packaging graduates were able to find employment and 90 percent of those graduates found employment in a field related to their major.

Some of the companies these graduates have ended up working for include Frito-Lay, Kohler, and Federal Express.


As far as what kind of salary a recent packaging graduate can expect to earn, for the 2012-13 year, graduates were earning salaries ranging from $29,000 to $83,000 with the average being $56,000 – not a bad income to earn right out of the gate and certainly influential enough to make a packaging degree worthy of consideration.


Many college graduates go on to careers that are not related to their fields in the slightest, so to get the most bang for your buck in terms of paying for a college education, you could definitely do worse than a packaging degree.  Those with a degree in packaging essentially learn how to create the most efficient, economical, and environmentally  and technically sound packages to improve how we all do business on a daily basis.  While perhaps not one of the most popular degree programs, it certainly is useful.


Packaging degrees fall under the umbrella of Bachelor of Science degrees, and it is considered to be both a technical and science-based program.  Packaging aspects that are covered in typical packaging degree-related courses include learning about different kinds of packaging materials and the processes that systems undergo in terms of both development and testing of packages.


Where science comes into play, and what may surprise some folks, is that laboratories are actually an essential component in several undergraduate courses within the program, comprising about half of the classes that a packaging student will take.  Laboratories are important because they provide students with the hands-on experience they will need in order to appropriately learn the business.


Students will discover the best methods, machines, and materials to use in packaging that will best protect and preserve products, as well as packaging that will help sell the product and inform the customer on the best or proper ways to use said product.  Packaging is something we take for granted, but it is incredibly important when you consider that how something is packaged determines whether or not it will be received in an acceptable condition by the customer.  And making sure the customer is satisfied is essential to every business’ success.


Students can also take elective courses, which focus on more specific topics, or opt for an internship where they may or may not be paid as they obtain on-the-job experience which looks fantastic on a resume and which will get them even closer to gainful employment upon graduation.


Working in packaging doesn’t necessarily mean you will be stuck working for UPS or Federal Express, if that is a career you do not wish to explore. Careers in packaging can also be obtained in fields like business and sales, foods and packaging, package printing, package graphic design, and manufacturing and quality m