Summary Report for:
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
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
- Use knives, cleavers, meat saws, bandsaws, or other equipment to perform meat cutting and trimming.
- Clean, trim, slice, and section carcasses for future processing.
- Cut and trim meat to prepare for packing.
- Remove parts, such as skin, feathers, scales or bones, from carcass.
- Inspect meat products for defects, bruises or blemishes and remove them along with any excess fat.
- Produce hamburger meat and meat trimmings.
- Process primal parts into cuts that are ready for retail use.
- Obtain and distribute specified meat or carcass.
- Separate meats and byproducts into specified containers and seal containers.
- Weigh meats and tag containers for weight and contents.
- Clean and salt hides.
- Prepare sausages, luncheon meats, hot dogs, and other fabricated meat products, using meat trimmings and hamburger meat.
- 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.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Belt conveyors — Materials conveyors
- Blast freezers — Blast chillers
- Cleaning brushes — Rotary cleaning brushes
- Commercial use cutlery — Boning knives; Butcher knives; Meat cleavers; Meat tenderizing tools (see all 5 examples)
- Commercial use food grinders — Electric meat grinders
- Commercial use scales — Meat scales
- Cutting machinery — Derinding machines; Meat saws; Meat-cutting bandsaws; Shredding machines
- Dicing machinery — Cubing machines
- Filling machinery — Needle machines
- Forming machine — Hamburger patty makers; Pressing machines
- Hoists — Hoisting equipment
- Jacks — Floor jacks
- Label applying machines — Pricing guns
- Lifting hooks — Gamb sticks
- Pallet trucks — Machine rollers
- Personal computers
- Pressure or steam cleaners — Pressure washers
- Razor knives — Box cutters
- Saws — Hand saws
- Shackles — Meat shackles
- Sharpening stones or tools or kits — Knife sharpeners
- Shears — Kitchen shears
- Slicing machinery — Slicers
- Staple guns — Pneumatic staple guns
- Winches — Manual winches
- Wrapping machinery — Wrapping machines
Technology used in this occupation:
- Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
- Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
- 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.
- Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- 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.
- 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).
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- 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.
- Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
Detailed Work Activities
- Weigh finished products.
- Prepare meat products for sale or consumption.
- Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
- Sort materials or products for processing, storing, shipping, or grading.
- Inspect food products.
- Cut meat products.
- Process animal carcasses.
- Distribute supplies to workers.
- Spend Time Standing — 87% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 60% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 76% responded “Every day.”
- Physical Proximity — 56% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
- Contact With Others — 60% responded “Constant contact with others.”
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 70% responded “Every day.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 49% responded “Every day.”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 36% responded “High responsibility.”
- Time Pressure — 61% responded “Every day.”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 38% responded “High responsibility.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 33% responded “Very important.”
- Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 34% responded “Very important.”
- Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 46% responded “Every day.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week — 68% responded “40 hours.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 52% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 41% responded “Less than half the time.”
- Telephone — 54% responded “Every day.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 47% responded “Every day.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 24% responded “Extremely important.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 40% responded “Some freedom.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 22% responded “A lot of freedom.”
- Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 29% responded “Important.”
- Spend Time Walking and Running — 32% responded “About half the time.”
- Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 26% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
- Deal With External Customers — 28% responded “Not important at all.”
|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)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|65||Less than high school diploma|
|35||High school diploma or equivalent|
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.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$11.23 hourly, $23,350 annual|
|Employment (2012)||163,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Slower than average (3% to 7%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||49,000|
|Top industries (2012)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "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.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Slaughterers, Meat Packers, and Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.