Packaging Technology is a highly advanced technical field that deals with the process of packing consumer goods using high quality, eco-friendly packing materials and sophisticated packing technology, in order to make the products more attractive and appealing to the consumers and also to maintain the quality of the products during storage and transportation. With the increased consumption of processed foods and fast moving consumer goods, packaging industry also grew at a fast pace and as a result, management institutes and general universities started offering specially designed packaging technology courses for interested candidates.
Major packaging technology courses offered by these academic institutions include two year Postgraduate Diploma in Packaging Technology, Certificate and Diploma courses in Packaging Technology, Packaging Management Programmes and Post Graduate Diploma in Packaging Science. Science graduates are eligible to apply for these courses. Course curriculum mainly comprises of subjects such as various types of packaging materials; packaging machinery; packaging technology; procurement of packaging materials and packaging equipments; use of advanced packaging technologies such as biodegradable packaging; various environmental issues associated with packaging process and used package’s disposal; and various legal matters involved in the field of packaging.
After the completion of the course, career aspirants can find a suitable career with pharmaceutical firms; FMCG companies; food processing industry; food packaging and labeling industry; beverage industry; IT peripheral firms etc. Major career profiles available are as Packaging Technologist, Senior Packaging Technologists; Packaging Development Managers; Package Designers; Packing Process Supervisors; Packaging Quality Controllers; Packaging Consultants; and finally Head of Packaging Division.
In fact, a beginner in this field start an entry level career as a packaging technologist and after a few years his career progresses to the level of senior packaging technologist and then to packaging development manager and finally as the head of the packaging division. So career growth is assured in this field if you are persistent and hardworking and your productivity is up to the level of your employer expectations.