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51-3022.00 - Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

Use hand or hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and seafood.

Sample of reported job titles: Breast Trimmer, Deboner, Meat Cutter, Trimmer, Wing Scorer

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Use knives, cleavers, meat saws, bandsaws, or other equipment to perform meat cutting and trimming. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean, trim, slice, and section carcasses for future processing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut and trim meat to prepare for packing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove parts, such as skin, feathers, scales or bones, from carcass. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect meat products for defects, bruises or blemishes and remove them along with any excess fat. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Produce hamburger meat and meat trimmings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Process primal parts into cuts that are ready for retail use. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Obtain and distribute specified meat or carcass. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Separate meats and byproducts into specified containers and seal containers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Weigh meats and tag containers for weight and contents. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean and salt hides. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare sausages, luncheon meats, hot dogs, and other fabricated meat products, using meat trimmings and hamburger meat. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare ready-to-heat foods by filleting meat or fish or cutting it into bite-sized pieces, preparing and adding vegetables or applying sauces or breading. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Belt conveyors — Materials conveyors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blast freezers — Blast chillers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cleaning brushes — Rotary cleaning brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use cutlery — Boning knives; Butcher knives; Meat cleavers; Meat tenderizing tools (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use food grinders — Electric meat grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use scales — Meat scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cutting machinery — Derinding machines; Meat saws; Meat-cutting bandsaws; Shredding machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dicing machinery — Cubing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Filling machinery — Needle machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forming machine — Hamburger patty makers; Pressing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists — Hoisting equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jacks — Floor jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Label applying machines — Pricing guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lifting hooks — Gamb sticks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pallet trucks — Machine rollers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure or steam cleaners — Pressure washers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Razor knives — Box cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Saws — Hand saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shackles — Meat shackles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sharpening stones or tools or kits — Knife sharpeners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears — Kitchen shears See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slicing machinery — Slicers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Staple guns — Pneumatic staple guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Winches — Manual winches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wrapping machinery — Wrapping machines See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Meat inventory software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Point of sale POS software — Sales software See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Weigh finished products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare meat products for sale or consumption. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sort materials or products for processing, storing, shipping, or grading. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect food products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cut meat products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Process animal carcasses. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Distribute supplies to workers. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Spend Time Standing — 87% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 60% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 76% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 56% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 60% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 70% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 49% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 36% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 61% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 38% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 33% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 34% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 46% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 68% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 52% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 41% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 54% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 47% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 24% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 40% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 22% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 29% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 32% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 26% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 28% responded “Not important at all.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed
Education Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Related Experience Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Job Zone Examples These occupations involve following instructions and helping others. Examples include taxi drivers, amusement and recreation attendants, counter and rental clerks, nonfarm animal caretakers, continuous mining machine operators, and waiters/waitresses.
SVP Range (Below 4.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
65   Less than high school diploma
35   High school diploma or equivalent Help

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Interests

Interest code: R

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Related Occupations

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $11.23 hourly, $23,350 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 163,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 49,000
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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