Packaging is a $100+ billion a year business. On the basis of gross sales, it is the third largest industry, and is expanding and changing rapidly. More people are employed in packaging and packaging operations than any other single business in the United States. Projected personnel requirements indicate the need for packaging professionals will greatly exceed the number of future graduates, and starting salaries are high.

Whether your interests are in marketing, production, research and development or graphic design, to name just a few of the many career possibilities, you will find a great diversity of opportunities in the packaging field. You may elect to associate with one of many companies that specialize in the manufacture of packages, or you may associate with one of the great number of companies that are users of packages. Each area needs individuals who are professionally trained in the many aspects of packaging. Every product needs packaging for protection during transportation, handling, storage and use. As a "shell" to the product, packages provide protection against impacts, vibration, compressive forces, temperature, humidity, electrostatic discharge, and pressure changes, among other hazards. For food products, for example, protection is needed against microorganisms, oxidation, heat, and even against people to prevent malicious tampering.  

Recent developments in materials, equipment, and systems require professionals with sophisticated engineering knowledge to design, manage, and implement packaging systems. Design of "intelligent" and "active" packaging are complex developments that require broad engineering knowledge. Packaging Engineers are employed by almost every organization. In addition, there are many companies that are in the packaging business: Dow Chemical, International Paper, Cryovac, THARCO, FedEx, UPS, etc., making the Packaging Industry about $130 billion a year in sales in the USA.  

The Packaging Education Forum:  
Founded in 1957 as the Packaging Foundation, later the Packaging Education Forum, PEF was established to aid and promote all types of packaging education and research to help meet industry demands for qualified packaging personnel. To help finance its interests in these programs, the Forum receives membership fees, donations, bequests and other income in any form from individuals, corporations, professional societies, business associations and organizations interested in supporting packaging education.  
PEF currently supports 15 university-level packaging programs throughout the United States.    


California Polytechnic State University  
Industrial Technology Department

Packaging Program
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Telephone: 805-756-2058
Fax: 805-756-5485

The Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering (IME) Department at Cal Poly offers a high quality education in various exciting and dynamic fields of study. The Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering are accredited by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. Industrial Engineering students design, install, and improve systems that integrate people, technology, materials, and information. The Manufacturing Engineering program, established in 1994, enables students to plan, develop, and efficiently maintain production systems and manufacturing processes using engineering analysis and methods. Students in both programs use state-of-the-art equipment in industry-sponsored labs.    

Clemson University  
Department of Packaging Science

B212 Pool Agricultural Center
Clemson, SC 29634-0370

Clemson says "Virtually everything grown or manufactured is packaged in some fashion. It is omnipresent. It is necessary for our modern lifestyles. It is decorative. It functions as a salesman. The packaging scientist is part of a team that develops a product and is responsible for delivering the product to the ultimate consumer in the desired condition. The Department of Packaging Science at Clemson University offers a B.S. and an M.S. in Packaging Science. Students may pursue a Ph.D. in Food Technology, while taking courses and conducting research in the field of packaging science.The undergraduate (B.S.) Curriculum is science-based. There is a choice of two emphasis areas: food packaging and general packaging. In addition to a core of 16 packaging science courses, all students are required to take courses in chemistry (through organic), mathematics, biology, microbiology, physics, computer-aided drafting and design, food science and graphic communications (printing).The department currently has an enrollment of about 180 undergraduate students majoring in packaging science. The M.S. curriculum requires the completion of an acceptable thesis and 24 credits of graduate courses. The core courses for this degree are International Packaging, Flexible Packaging, and Packaging Seminar. Additional graduate courses are being developed. The M.S. program is designed to prepare the graduate to work independently in the research, development, and application of new packaging materials and processes. Clemson students utilize state-of-the-art packaging testing and evaluation equipment in the Sonoco Packaging Science Laboratory and the DuPont Packaging Evaluation Laboratory. A computer aided design (CAD) laboratory is shared with the Department of Graphic Communications. All students are required to take one or more paid six-month co-operative education assignments. The Clemson Department of Packaging Science maintains a record of placing over 95% of its graduates. Starting salaries for this year's B.S. graduates average $47,000 . Graduates from Clemson's Packaging Science Department have gone on to work for companies such as Masterfoods, PrintPack, Kraft, Sonoco, and Cryovac.    

Indiana State University  
Packaging Technology

TC 201 F
Terre Haute, IN 47809

Introduction to Industrial and Mechanical Technology The Department of Industrial and Mechanical Technology offers baccalaureate degree programs in Mechanical Design Technology, Automotive Technology Management, Packaging Technology, and Industrial Technology. Graduates of IMT Department are prepared for management-oriented positions which require a strong background in applied technology. Each major requires courses in supporting technologies in addition to the area of concentration. Minors are offered in Packaging, Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Automotive Technology. The Department co-administers a M.S. in Industrial Technology program that provides advanced study for the technical manager. Students may elect to pursue the Professional Practice Program (Co-op) in off-campus business and industry. Through participation in this program, students are classified as industry employees and receives a salary or wage for their work. High percentage of students enrolled in this program are offered full-time employment upon completion of their studies, with the respective participating organizations.    

Mohawk College  
Packaging Management & Technology

411 Elgin Street
Brantford, ON N3T 5V2

Mohawk seems to be a two year junior college type program  
who's credits transfer to Canadian University 4 year  

Rochester Institute of Technology  
Dept. of Packaging Science
29 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-2278

The curricula offer broadly based programs, covering every aspect of protective packaging, including development/design, testing, marketing and production. Related legal, economic, and environmental concerns are also addressed. Students choose from three options and take coursework in College of Science, Business and Liberal Arts, and can specialize through technical electives. The options are: Technical Option: Students interested in engineering or science can prepare for careers as packaging engineers, packaging scientists, research analysts or packaging development specialists by selecting this option. Management Option: Students interested in project management, purchasing, sales and marketing can prepare for careers in packaging development, project coordination or customer technical sales and service through this option. Printing Option: Students may take concentrated study in printing by means of this program option. The program prepares them to especially consider the impact of printing requirements on packaging development for all applications of packaging.    

Rutgers University  
Packaging Science & Engineering

Piscataway, NJ 08854

Seems to be more medically oriented than packaging oriented, but check out the Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers Finding a bioengineering or biomedical engineering program that matches one's needs and desires is a challenging process involving intelligent research and investigation. Their department offers truly exceptional opportunities for the intellectual development, personal growth and success of students in an environment of diversity and vibrancy. As part of a nationally acclaimed research university, they are committed to providing innovative undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate bioengineering education that prepares students both for success in their chosen career, and includes biomedical packaging.    

San Jose State University  
Packaging Technology Program
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0058

Packaging Curriculum
The curriculum is tailored to provide a comprehensive foundation of packaging principles and practices in design, materials handling and distribution, production, testing and evaluation, regulatory practices, and environmental concerns. SJSU has one of the most extensive packaging laboratories in the US. Scholarships are available for packaging students to assist with tuition. Currently, the packaging curriculum is offered as a concentration with an undergraduate degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering or as a complimentary minor to any degree. There is currently no graduate degree program in packaging at SJSU. Packaging Engineers design, develop and test packages, packaging materials, packaging systems, transportation and handling systems for all kinds of products (such as computers, all types of electronics equipment, food, drug, medical devices, hazardous materials, raw materials for the manufacturing industries, fresh fruit and vegetables, among many others).The proposed concentration will fill a gap in the workforce where there is a need for Packaging Engineers. There is a shortage of Packaging Engineers and non-engineering professionals currently fill many of these positions. The only way companies can maintain a packaging engineering department is by hiring professionals from other areas and train them to become qualified to perform the job of an engineer. San Jose State University is the only institution of higher education west of the Mississippi that is prepared to offer a concentration in Packaging Engineering. University of Missouri-Rolla offers a concentration in Packaging Engineering within the Manufacturing Engineering Program (ABET accredited) and Rutgers University offers classes in packaging engineering as part of several engineering programs. Other schools offer packaging as a concentration or as a degree in a variety of departments. With just a few universities offering packaging as a discipline and only UMR and Rutgers offering engineering programs, and because of our capability and location, employers are urging SJSU to implement a Concentration in Packaging Engineering. Employers from around the country seeking to interview our students for packaging engineering positions have many times contacted SJSU. Even with the existing format (Packaging Concentration in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science), the demand for SJSU packaging graduates has been much higher than the supply - written requests for graduates and posted job announcements average 100 per year.    

University of Cincinnati  
Packaging Engineering/Mechanical Engineering Technology
2220 Victory Parkway
ML 103
Cincinnati, OH 45206
Telephone: 513-556-5308

program title Manufacturing Engineering Technology  
program type Associate's Degree The Manufacturing Engineering Technology program prepares graduates for challenging and satisfying professional careers in world-class industries. The associate’s degree may be earned on either a part-time or full-time basis.
The program has two primary focal points: a thorough understanding of manufacturing processes for discrete hardgoods, and a working command of hardware and software controls for automated manufacturing machinery. The program employs sophisticated, up-to-date computer applications, blended with lecture and laboratory study in fundamentals. CAD, CNC, CAM, and other computer techniques are typical studies.
In addition to proficiency in several technologies, the program provides you with rigorous background study in technical mathematics, physical sciences, and communications skills. Major course work encompasses manufacturing processes, materials technology, design for manufacture, sensors, power and actuation systems, quality control, and analog and digital control systems. All major courses include both lecture and laboratory study, and all employ modern computer techniques as normal routine.
The program is nationally and professionally accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.    

University of Florida - Gainesville  
Packaging Science
P. O. Box 110570, 111 Frazier Rogers Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-0570
Telephone:352-392-1864 ext. 111
Fax: 352-392-4092

Students who are looking for an opportunity to combine science with innovation and creativity will be at home in the Packaging Science Program and the job outlook is bright for graduates in this growing field. It’s more than just a question of ‘paper or plastic?’. Whether it’s bagged, boxed, or wrapped, virtually every modern industry relies on packaging science and technology to contain, protect, preserve or enhance the value of its goods as they hustle from factory to customer. This bachelor’s degree program through the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is one of only a handful of  
college programs helping to fill the increasing demand for graduates in this field. The University of Florida's Packaging Science Program is designed to allow students to hit the ground running in this exciting, fast-paced industry that is continually seeking qualified people. Students learn to apply fundamental principles to real issues facing the packaging industry.  
The Packaging Science Program offers students: A solid foundation in the pure sciences (biology, chemistry, physics and math) Useful tools for commerce such as accounting and economics Flexibility through elective credits Industry internship opportunities    

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  
1304 W. Pennsylvania Ave. #382G
Urbana, IL 61801
Fax: 217-333-9329

Doesn't seem to be specifically packaging degree as in some  
other University programs.    

University of Missouri - Rolla  
Engineering Management Bldg.
Room 204
Rolla, MO 65401
Telephone: 573-341-6569

The Manufacturing Engineering Program is focused on advanced manufacturing technologies. Undergraduate students majoring in mechanical engineering or engineering management may choose a manufacturing emphasis in their curriculum. There are a number of internship, co-op and full-time career opportunities available to Manufacturing Engineering Masters degree candidates and graduates.  

University of Puerto Rico -  
P. O. Box 9390
Mayaguez Campus
00681-9030 Mayaguez
Telephone: 787-832-0844
Fax: 787-265-3853

Better speak Spanish if you are considering this University.  

University of Wisconsin - Stout  
College of Technology, Engineering & Mgmt.
1100 Union Street Jarvis Hall
281 Tech Wing
Menomonie, WI 54751
Telephone: 715-232-1246

College of Technology, Engineering and Management  
The bachelor of science degree in Packaging leads to interesting, challenging, and rewarding careers in package printing; business and sales; foods and packaging; package graphic design; manufacturing and quality management; or package design, research and development.
The packaging career field involves the use of materials, methods, design concepts and machinery to develop and produce the packages that protect and preserve a product, help market the product and instruct the consumer in its proper use. Virtually every product, whether grown or manufactured, must be packaged so that it reaches the consumer in an acceptable condition. With the quantity and variety of products produced in the world, it is easy to understand that packaging is a dynamic, multibillion dollar industry in need of well-educated men and women.
More people are employed in packaging operations and the directly related support industries than any other industry. On the basis of gross domestic product, packaging is the third largest industry in the United States and is expanding. Projected personnel requirements indicate that the demand for packaging professionals will significantly exceed the number of future graduates, and starting salaries are very impressive!
UW-Stout is one of only a few schools in the United States (and the only school in the UW System) that offer a B.S. degree in Packaging. The program combines general education with technical and professional studies. You will have an opportunity to apply theory to real problems. Through laboratory and co-op work experiences, you will apply the principles of science, mathematics and communications skills.
Several factors make UW-Stout an ideal location for the Packaging program—the heritage, faculty and instructional laboratory facilities. Throughout its history, UW-Stout has developed technical programs to meet the needs of business and industry. These programs have focused upon the direct application of technical knowledge to the solution of practical problems.
The specialized staff has developed a curriculum to prepare graduates to work with both traditional and emerging materials, manufacturing processes and technologies.
University of Wisconsin resources include a highly successful cooperative education program and the Stout Technology Transfer Institute, a nationally recognized center that assists industry in solving problems. As you progress toward graduation, both will provide opportunities to learn through on-the-job experiences while still enrolled at the university. The trend in the packaging industry is to hire employees who can function in more than one area at career entry. UW-Stout’s Packaging program recognizes this trend by offering the student the opportunity to select an “emphasis” which includes course and lab work beyond the technical core of the program. Students can select from several emphasis areas; package graphic design, package printing, manufacturing/quality, business/sales, foods/packaging, or package design, research and development. An off-campus co-op experience in the packaging industry of at least six months is strongly encouraged. Today’s employers show a preference for the graduate who has completed at least one co-op. Student professional organizations offer another opportunity to learn outside the classroom setting. The UW-Stout student chapter of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) helps packaging program students begin “networking” with their professional colleagues.    

Virginia Tech  
Food and Science Tech Bldg
Room 118
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Telephone: 540-231-7850
Fax: 540-231-9293

Food Packaging and Processing Research---An emphasis in food processing and packaging allows graduate students in food science and technology to use many of the specialized disciplines of food science in practical applied and basic research. Principles of food engineering, food microbiology, and food chemistry are combined in the food processing and packaging program. Students are engaged in such unit  
operations as thermal processing, aseptic processing, computer data acquisition and control, dehydration, modified atmosphere packaging, filtration, sanitation, and nondestructive evaluation methods. Students have the opportunity to determine how processing and packaging affects the foods we produce and to investigate new methods of food processing and packaging. Sous-vide processing, Aseptic processing, Aseptic packaging, Modified atmosphere packaging, Nondestructive package inspection, Shelf-life extension of food products, Product development, Product/package interactions, Innovative processing methods, Appropriate technology for developing countries.    


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