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Butchers & Meat Cutters

Also called: Meat Cutter, Meat Department Manager, Meat Manager, Meat Specialist

What they do:
Cut, trim, or prepare consumer-sized portions of meat for use or sale in retail establishments.
On the job, you would:
  • Wrap, weigh, label and price cuts of meat.
  • 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.


Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
  • food production
  • customer service


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • looking for ways to help people
  • talking people into changing their minds or their behavior


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Cooperation
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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