Paper Processing Workers


Education and Training Requirements

High School

If you are considering a career in paper processing, high school courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics are valuable. Because the industry is heavily computerized, basic computer skills are vital. You should take classes in computers whenever possible. If you are interested in installing and repairing paper processing machinery, courses in shop, mechanical drawing, and blueprint reading may also prove helpful.

Postsecondary Training

In general, workers in this field receive on-the-job training or complete an apprenticeship that lasts approximately one year. A bachelor's degree is strongly recommended for those who are interested in advancing to supervisory or engineering positions in this industry. Such degrees as wood science and technology, papermaking, engineering, or business are good options. Courses in mathematics, chemistry, computer, and wood science are important. Applicants with degrees from junior colleges or technical institutes may be hired as laboratory technicians.

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

There are no certification or licensing requirements for paper processing workers.

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Experience as a paper processing worker will be developed on the job, working under a supervisor. To be successful, you should have good manual dexterity, problem-solving skills and auditory attention, meaning that you can focus in the presence of other loud noises. Most paper processing workers will need to learn how to control machines and make adjustments to control speed and output. Alertness, attention to detail, and good vision and hearing are also very important for the skilled workers who tend complicated control panels and check the quality of the product. The ability to work on a team is key to success in this career. Strong communication skills will help you to work well with other workers and your supervisors.