Also known as Butcher, Journeyman Meat Cutter, Meat Clerk, Meat Cutter, Meat Specialist, Meat Trimmer, Meat Wrapper
Also known as Butcher, Journeyman Meat Cutter, Meat Clerk
Butchers cut, trim, or prepare consumer-sized portions of meat for use or sale in retail establishments.
Butchers are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Butchers. More generally, Butchers are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Butcher is $32,900, and the average salary is $34,630. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Butcher salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Butchers earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Butchers earn less than $22,210 per year, 25% earn less than $26,950, 75% earn less than $40,930, and 90% earn less than $50,440.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Butchers is expected to change by -5.4%, and there should be roughly 15,400 open positions for Butchers 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 Butcher are usually higher in their Realistic, Conventional, and Enterprising interests.
Butchers 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.
Also, Butchers typically have moderate Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Lastly, Butchers typically have moderate Enterprising interests. Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
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 Butcher tend to value Relationships, Independence, and Support.
Most importantly, Butchers 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.
Second, Butchers somewhat value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Lastly, Butchers somewhat value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
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 Butchers must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, cooperation, and integrity.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Butchers, ranked by importance:
Working as a Butcher usually requires a high school diploma.
Butchers need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Butchers may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as customer and personal service, food production, or production and processing knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Butchers might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Butchers 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, Butchers need abilities such as manual dexterity, near vision, and arm-hand steadiness in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Butchers, 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.
Butchers frequently use skills like active listening, reading comprehension, and speaking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Butchers, ranked by their relative importance.
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