Butcher and Meat Cutter

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High school preferred +

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What They Do

Butchers and Meat Cutters Career Video

Cuts, trims, or prepares consumer-sized portions of meat for use or sale in retail establishments.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Prepares and places meat cuts and products in display counter, so they will appear attractive and catch the shopper's eye.
  • Wraps, weighs, labels, and prices cuts of meat.
  • Cuts, trims, bones, ties, and grinds meats, such as beef, pork, poultry, and fish, to prepare meat in cooking form.
  • Prepares special cuts of meat ordered by customers.
  • Receives, inspects, and stores meat upon delivery, to ensure meat quality.
  • Estimates requirements and orders or requisitions meat supplies to maintain inventories.
  • Shapes, laces, and ties roasts, using boning knife, skewer, and twine.
  • Totals sales, and collects money from customers.
  • Records quantity of meat received and issued to cooks or keeps records of meat sales.
  • Supervises other butchers or meat cutters.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 50 lbs., sometimes up to 100 lbs. You will need a lot of strength at this level.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Butcher
  • Journeyman Meat Cutter
  • Meat Clerk
  • Meat Cutter
  • Meat Department Manager
  • Meat Manager
  • Meat Specialist
  • Meat Trimmer
  • Meat Wrapper
  • Seafood and Service Meat Manager