What do they do?

Cut, trim, or prepare consumer-sized portions of meat for use or sale in retail establishments.

Also known as:

Butcher, Meat Butcher, Meat Clerk, Meat Cutter, Meat Specialist, Meat Trimmer, Meat Wrapper

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Butchers and Meat Cutters is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment in VA

No Data Available
  • 8.3%


    Ranks #21 in job growth rate

    Job Openings

    Ranks #19 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (<1%)
  • Master's degree  (1%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (4%)
  • Associate's degree  (5%)
  • Some college, no degree  (19%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (43%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (28%)

Typical College Majors

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People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • 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.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Prepare meat products for sale or consumption.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
  • Weigh finished products.
  • Cut meat products.
  • Inspect food products.
  • Calculate costs of goods or services.
  • Collect payments for goods or services.
  • Estimate material requirements for production.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Direct operational or production activities.
  • Load items into ovens or furnaces.
  • Confer with customers or designers to determine order specifications.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 28.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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