The School of Packaging program combines basic principles of physics, chemistry, mathematics and materials science with a cognate in business to prepare students for rewarding careers in the fast-moving consumer goods industries. Packaging affects most functions in manufacturing firms, so graduates may work in package development, production, quality control, research, sales, purchasing, marketing, testing, distribution or technical services.
The program’s flexibility allows students to leverage their personal skills and interests and to make individualized choices. Elective courses provide for broad, general preparation or for focused study in food packaging, medical packaging, distribution, robotics, hazardous materials, packaging and the environment and other areas. The MSU School of Packaging is known as a leader in work on permeability and migration, shelf life, food packaging, product/package compatibility, tamper evidence and legibility.
Some form of packaging is involved in the production and movement to market of nearly every item of consumption in today’s economy, so career opportunities are plentiful. In addition to careers in companies that use packaging, attractive opportunities are also available in the package supply industries.
Package supply industries include companies that print and convert paper and flexible plastic materials as well as manufacturers of such diverse items as plastic and glass bottles, metal cans, paperboard folding cartons, corrugated boxes, wooden pallets, and laminated items such as tubes and brick packs.
An annual Packaging Career Fair is held to facilitate recruitment of Packaging majors for full-time employment on graduation and internships for undergraduates. Job placement for packaging undergraduates is between 75 and 80 percent.
To see courses required by this major, visit the Packaging major listing in the MSU course catalog.
A sampling of companies hiring MSU grads:
Heinz North America