Also known as Beef Trimmer, Breast Trimmer, Chicken Cutter, Deboner, Fish Processor, Meat Cutter, Meat Trimmer, Seafood Processor, Trimmer, Wing Scorer
Also known as Beef Trimmer, Breast Trimmer, Chicken Cutter
Meat Cutters use hands or hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and seafood.
Meat Cutters are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Meat Cutters. More generally, Meat Cutters are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Meat Cutter is $30,190, and the average salary is $30,800. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Meat Cutter salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Meat Cutters earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Meat Cutters earn less than $22,100 per year, 25% earn less than $26,070, 75% earn less than $35,760, and 90% earn less than $40,050.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Meat Cutters is expected to change by 3.3%, and there should be roughly 18,400 open positions for Meat Cutters every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Meat Cutter are usually higher in their Realistic interests.
Meat Cutters typically have very strong Realistic interests. 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.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Meat Cutter tend to value Support, Relationships, and Working Conditions.
Most importantly, Meat Cutters moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Meat Cutters moderately 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.
Lastly, Meat Cutters somewhat value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Meat Cutters must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, attention to detail, and achievement/effort.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Meat Cutters, ranked by importance:
Working as a Meat Cutter may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Meat Cutters need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Meat Cutters may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as production and processing, food production, or public safety and security knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Meat Cutters might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Meat Cutters must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Meat Cutters need abilities such as arm-hand steadiness, control precision, and near vision in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Meat Cutters, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Meat Cutters frequently use skills like active listening, speaking, and critical thinking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Meat Cutters, ranked by their relative importance.
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