|Quick Facts: Food and Tobacco Processing Workers|
$27,630 per year
$13.29 per hour
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|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|2% (Slower than average)|
Food and tobacco processing workers operate equipment that mixes, cooks, or processes ingredients used in the manufacture of food and tobacco products.
Most food and tobacco processing workers are employed in manufacturing facilities. Because of production schedules, working early morning, evening, or night shifts is common. Most food and tobacco processing workers worked full time in 2016.
There are no formal education requirements for some processing workers. However, food batchmakers and food cooking machine operators typically need a high school diploma.
The median annual wage for food and tobacco processing workers was $27,630 in May 2017.
Overall employment of food and tobacco processing workers is projected to grow 2 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations. The need to replace workers who leave the occupation should result in many job openings.
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