Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

Use hand or hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and seafood.

Median Annual Wage: $23,350

Education: Less than high school diploma (65%); High school diploma or equivalent (35%)

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

Related Job Titles: Meat Cutter; Trimmer; Deboner; Wing Scorer; Breast Trimmer

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers.

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  • Clean, trim, slice, and section carcasses for future processing.
  • Cut and trim meat to prepare for packing.
  • Remove parts, such as skin, feathers, scales or bones, from carcass.
  • Inspect meat products for defects, bruises or blemishes and remove them along with any excess fat.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers.

  • 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.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers.

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