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Slaughterers & Meat Packers

Also called: Meat Packer, Meat Processor, Meat Trimmer, Meat Wrapper

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.
  • Sever jugular veins to drain blood and facilitate slaughtering.
  • Tend assembly lines, performing a few of the many cuts needed to process a carcass.


  • customer service
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • food production
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • understanding people's reactions


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • put together small parts with your fingers
Physical Strength
  • lift, push, pull, or carry
  • use your lower back and stomach


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


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 Hot Technology
  • Integrated Management Systems Food Connex Cloud
  • Second Foundation NaviMeat
Accounting software
  • AccountMate Software AccountMate


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

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