|Quick Facts: Food and Tobacco Processing Workers|
$31,950 per year
$15.36 per hour
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|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|5% (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 work full time.
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 $31,950 in May 2020.
Overall employment of food and tobacco processing workers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations.
Despite limited employment growth, about 32,600 openings for food and tobacco processing workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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