265,000 Jobs Created by PET*
*Estimate calculated by comparing total U.S. plastics industry employment (source: 2017 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) with total number of people employed by NAPCOR member companies.
The plastics industry alone generates some 574,280 good-paying jobs in the U.S., many of them within the areas of PET manufacturing, PET-related products and PET recycling operations. And now, with the demand for products containing recycled PET on the rise, the future for PET-related employment looks even brighter for a wide range of industries, from food and beverage to apparel to floor coverings and even automotive.
A Positive Impact on Adverse Events
PET containers and bottles are a go-to choice whenever natural disasters damage or destroy public water supplies and treatment facilities. Catastrophic events, including earthquakes, floods and hurricanes, as well as temporary municipal water-system shutdowns, make access to safe, drinkable water virtually impossible. Fortunately, durable PET bottles and containers can quickly be shipped directly to the scene, providing storm victims or affected residents with clean drinking water and food, plus protection from potential disease, illness and contamination.
PET’s Global ImpactRecycling rates around the world:
Source: Wood Mackenzie report
We're Doing a Job on the Economy
The PET industry is a growing field with a wide range of occupational opportunities.
- Packaging engineer
- Materials engineer
- Machine operator
- Tool programmer
- Industrial designer
- Facilities manager
- Mechanical engineer
- Data entry
- Sales engineer
- Human resources
- Computer technician
- Technical writer
- Process technician
- Mold maker
PET Jobs Make Dollars and SensePlastics industry average annual U.S. wages by occupation.