|Quick Facts: Food and Tobacco Processing Workers|
|2012 Median Pay||
$25,780 per year
$12.39 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||See How to Become One|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||198,300|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||0% (Little or no change)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||500|
Food and tobacco processing workers operate equipment that mixes, cooks, or processes ingredients used in the manufacturing of food or tobacco products.
Most food and tobacco processing workers are employed in manufacturing facilities. These workplaces are usually noisy and may be hot or cold, depending on the goods being produced. Because of production schedules, working early morning, evening, or night shifts is common. Workers are susceptible to slips, falls, and cuts.
Although no formal education is required for some processing workers, food batchmakers and food cooking machine operators typically need a high school diploma. Food and tobacco processing workers learn their skills on the job.
The median annual wage for food and tobacco processing workers was $25,780 in May 2012.
Employment of food and tobacco processing workers is projected to show little or no change from 2012 to 2022. The need to replace workers who leave the occupation will result in many job openings. Job prospects should be best in rural areas or near smaller cities where large food processing facilities are located.
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