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Meat, Poultry, & Fish Cutters & Trimmers

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

Where in the Coast Guard? In the Coast Guard: Culinary Specialist

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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:

Point of sale POS software
  • Sales software
Internet browser software
  • Web browser software
Inventory management software
  • Meat inventory 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.

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