Butchers and Meat Cutters

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What do they do?

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

Also known as:

Butcher, Journeyman Meat Cutter, Meat Clerk, Meat Cutter, Meat Department Manager, Meat Manager, Meat Specialist, Meat Trimmer, Meat Wrapper, Seafood and Service Meat Manager

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Butchers and Meat Cutters is projected to grow 2 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 2.2%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #10 in job growth rate
  • 430

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #11 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Butchers and Meat Cutters:

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★ Number of granted degrees for degree type, Award of less than 1 academic year, is listed after the major.

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.1%)
  • Master's degree (0.4%)
  • Bachelor's degree (3.3%)
  • Associate's degree (4.5%)
  • Some college, no degree (18.2%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (39%)
  • Less than high school diploma (34.6%)

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Colleges that Prepare

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Knowledge

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.
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Abilities

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).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

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.
  • Estimate material requirements for production.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 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

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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