Packaging Materials Inspector

Examine, measure, and test containers and materials used to package drugs.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Packaging Materials Inspectors do?

Examines, measures, and tests containers and materials used to package drug and cosmetic products for conformity to specifications: Examines and rejects tubes, bottles, cartons, caps, stoppers, and related materials containing such flaws as chips, cracks, torn labels, or discoloration. Measures containers and cap samples to verify specified dimensions, using micrometer, gauge, or caliper. Fills containers with liquid and pours into graduate to verify container capacity. Records inspection or test results. May test components, such as stoppers and seals, using hardness tester. May count, pour, or weigh out contents of sample containers to verify data on label. May determine viscosity of fluids, using viscometer. May convert liquid measure to avoirdupois weight, using calculating machine or slide rule.

Should I be a Packaging Materials Inspector?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Inspector, Packaging Materials

    How to Become a
    Packaging Materials Inspector

    Most Packaging Materials Inspectors have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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