Meat, Poultry, & Fish Cutters & Trimmers

Deboner, Meat Cutter, Trimmer, Wing Scorer

What they do:
Use hands 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.
  • Weigh meats and tag containers for weight and contents.
  • Inspect meat products for defects, bruises or blemishes and remove them along with any excess fat.


Manufactured or Agricultural Goods

  • manufacture and distribution of products
  • food production

Safety and Government

  • public safety and security

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


  • management


Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements


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


Hand and Finger Use

  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands


  • 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
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Integrity
  • Independence
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Point of sale POS software

  • Sales software

Internet browser software

  • Web browser software


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

Get started on your career:

Job Outlook

New job opportunities are likely in the future.
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