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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  |  Technology Skills  |  Tools Used  |  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

Tasks

  • 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.

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Technology Skills

  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software Hot technology
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software
  • Inventory management software — Meat inventory software
  • Point of sale POS software — Sales software

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used

  • 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
  • Forklifts
  • 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

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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.
  • Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.

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Work Activities

  • 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

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

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Work Context

  • 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.”

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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 counter and rental clerks, dishwashers, cashiers, furniture finishers, logging equipment operators, and baristas.
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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Credentials

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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.

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Work Styles

  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2015) $11.48 hourly, $23,870 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2014) 152,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Little or no change (-1% to 1%) Little or no change (-1% to 1%)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 30,100
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2014)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data external site and 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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