Butchers and Meat Cutters

Cut, trim, or prepare consumer-sized portions of meat for use or sale in retail establishments.

Median Annual Wage: $28,660

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (58%); Less than high school diploma (33%); Some college, no degree (7%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: Meat Cutter; Meat Manager; Meat Specialist; Meat Department Manager; Journeyman Meat Cutter; Market Manager; Butcher; Meat Clerk; Seafood and Service Meat Manager; Meat Wrapper

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  • Prepare and place meat cuts and products in display counter, so they will appear attractive and catch the shopper's eye.
  • Prepare special cuts of meat ordered by customers.
  • Cut, trim, bone, tie, and grind meats, such as beef, pork, poultry, and fish, to prepare meat in cooking form.
  • Receive, inspect, and store meat upon delivery, to ensure meat quality.
  • Shape, lace, and tie roasts, using boning knife, skewer, and twine.

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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