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Meat, Poultry, & Fish Cutters & Trimmers

Also called: Deboner, Meat Cutter, Trimmer, Wing Scorer

What they do:
Use hand or hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and seafood.
On the job, you would:
  • Use knives, cleavers, meat saws, bandsaws, or other equipment to perform meat cutting and trimming.
  • Clean, trim, slice, and section carcasses for future processing.
  • Cut and trim meat to prepare for packing.


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
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions


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
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Point of sale POS software
  • Sales software
Internet browser software
  • Web browser software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software


Education: (rated 1 of 5)
no high school diploma/GED or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
per year, on average
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