Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

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What do they do?

Use hands or hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and seafood.

Also known as:

Beef Trimmer, Breast Trimmer, Chicken Cutter, Cutter, Deboner, Fish Processor, Meat Cutter, Meat Trimmer, Seafood Processor, Trimmer, Wing Scorer

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028.

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • -1.7%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #44 in job growth rate
  • 490

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #15 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.1%)
  • Master's degree (0.7%)
  • Bachelor's degree (3.6%)
  • Associate's degree (4.8%)
  • Some college, no degree (17.4%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (43.5%)
  • Less than high school diploma (29.8%)

Percent of workers in this field

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People in this career often know a lot about:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.
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People in this career often have talent in:

  • 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.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Cut meat products.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
  • Weigh finished products.
  • Inspect food products.
  • Prepare meat products for sale or consumption.
  • Sort materials or products for processing, storing, shipping, or grading.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 25.1 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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