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51-3023.00 - Slaughterers and Meat Packers

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Boning Room Worker, Breast Trimmer, Fetter Bone Buster, Kill Room Operator, Meat Cutter, Meat Packager, Meat Packer, Meat Trimmer, Production Worker, Trimmer

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

Tasks

  • Remove bones, and cut meat into standard cuts in preparation for marketing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut, trim, skin, sort, and wash viscera of slaughtered animals to separate edible portions from offal. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Slaughter animals in accordance with religious law, and determine that carcasses meet specified religious standards. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Slit open, eviscerate, and trim carcasses of slaughtered animals. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Tend assembly lines, performing a few of the many cuts needed to process a carcass. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Sever jugular veins to drain blood and facilitate slaughtering. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Shave or singe and defeather carcasses, and wash them in preparation for further processing or packaging. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Trim, clean, or cure animal hides. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Shackle hind legs of animals to raise them for slaughtering or skinning. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Skin sections of animals or whole animals. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Trim head meat, and sever or remove parts of animals' heads or skulls. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Saw, split, or scribe carcasses into smaller portions to facilitate handling. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Grind meat into hamburger, and into trimmings used to prepare sausages, luncheon meats, and other meat products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Stun animals prior to slaughtering. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Wrap dressed carcasses or meat cuts. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Animal shearing or clipping equipment — Dehairing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Belt conveyors — Belt conveyor systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blast freezers — Blast chillers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use cutlery — Butcher knives; Skinning knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use food grinders — Meat grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use food slicers — Bacon slicers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use scales — Food scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cooling machine — Food cooling equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cutting machinery — Chop cutting machines; Meat-cutting bandsaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dicing machinery — Cubing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic measuring probes — Meat grading probes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Engraving machines — Carcass branding machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Filling machinery — Casing stuffing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts — Industrial forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Form or fill or seal machinery — Meat package filling and sealing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forming machine — Steak patty machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists — Hoisting equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Knife blades — Meat cleavers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Label making machines — Label printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Livestock identification equipment — Shoulder tattooers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Packaging compactors — Meat compactors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Motorized saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radio frequency identification devices — Radio frequency identification RFID devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shackles — Livestock shackles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sharpening stones or tools or kits — Knife sharpeners; Sharpening steels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slicing machinery — Slicing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stunner — Electrical stunning equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Touch screen monitors — Touch screen computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wrapping machinery — Package wrapping machines; Shrink wrap meat packing machines See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Accounting software — AccountMate Software AccountMate See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software — Integrated Management Systems Food Connex Cloud; Second Foundation NaviMeat See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — AgInfoLink Meat Inventory Tracking System MITS; RFID software; Traceability 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.
  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 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.
  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

No skills met the minimum score.

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Abilities

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. 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.
  • 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.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. 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.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. 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.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Prepare meat products for sale or consumption. 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.
  • Clean materials to prepare them for production. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Slaughter animals. 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.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 92% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 77% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 80% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 74% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 57% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 67% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 23% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 54% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 77% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 56% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 66% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 57% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 65% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 48% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 62% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 47% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 27% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 43% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 46% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 33% responded “Limited freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 47% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 61% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 34% responded “Very important results.” 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
80   Less than high school diploma
20   High school diploma or equivalent Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RC

  • 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.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. 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.
  • 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.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. 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.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. 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.
  • 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.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. 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.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $12.29 hourly, $25,560 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 81,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 19,900
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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