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Canning and Preserving Industry Workers


Canning and preserving industry workers monitor equipment and perform routine tasks in food-processing plants that can, preserve, and quick-freeze such foods as vegetables, fruits, frozen dinners, jams, jellies, preserves, pickles, and soups. They also process and preserve seafood, including shrimp, oysters, crabs, clams, and fish. The U.S. Department of Labor considers canning and preserving food industry workers to be an occupational subset of packaging and filling machine operators and tenders. As of May 2018, there are approximately 395,330 packaging and filling machine operators and tenders working in the United States with about 26,430 of these categorized workers working in the fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty food manufacturing industry.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $75,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma




Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits


Hands On


Career Ladder
Food Technologist

Food Processing Industry Field Contractor

Food Preserving or Cannery Worker

Production Helper

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