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Slaughterers & Meat Packers

Also called: Meat Cutter, Meat Trimmer, Meat Packer, Boning Room Worker

What they do:
Work in slaughtering, meat packing, or wholesale establishments performing precision functions involving the preparation of meat. Work may include specialized slaughtering tasks, cutting standard or premium cuts of meat for marketing, making sausage, or wrapping meats.
On the job, you would:
  • Remove bones, and cut meat into standard cuts in preparation for marketing.
  • Cut, trim, skin, sort, and wash viscera of slaughtered animals to separate edible portions from offal.
  • Slaughter animals in accordance with religious law, and determine that carcasses meet specified religious standards.

Knowledge

Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
  • food production
Business
  • management
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Social
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • put together small parts with your fingers
Endurance
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Inventory management software
  • AgInfoLink Meat Inventory Tracking System MITS
  • RFID software
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Integrated Management Systems Food Connex Cloud
  • Second Foundation NaviMeat
Accounting software
  • AccountMate Software AccountMate

Education

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

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$24,980
per year, on average
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