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* ELMI Occupation Profile - Butchers and Meat Cutters *
 
Butchers and Meat Cutters
(O*NET 51-3021.00, SOC 51-3021)
What they do
Cut, trim, or prepare consumer-sized portions of meat for use or sale in retail establishments.
 
Also called:
Butcher, Journeyman Meat Cutter, Meat Clerk, Meat Cutter, Meat Department Manager, Meat Manager, Meat Specialist, Meat Trimmer, Meat Wrapper, Seafood and Service Meat Manager
 
 
Wages
Vermont - 2018
Percentile1HourlyYearly
10% $ 12.80   $26,620  
25% $ 14.05   $29,230  
Median $ 16.48   $34,280  
75% $ 19.55   $40,660  
90% $ 22.93   $47,700  
 
Average $ 17.01   $35,370  
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Industries of Employment
United States - 2016
IndustryPercent of total
  • Food and beverage stores
81%
  • Food manufacturing
7%
  • General merchandise stores
6%
  • Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods
3%
  • Federal government, all industries
1%
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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.
  • Sales and Marketing
    Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
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Skills
People in this career often have these skills:
  • Active Listening
    Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking
    Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring
    Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension
    Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Service Orientation
    Actively looking for ways to help people.
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Interests
People in this career often prefer these work environments:
  • Realistic
    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.
  • Conventional
    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.
  • Enterprising
    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.
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Work Styles
People in this career will do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
    Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Cooperation
    Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Integrity
    Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Attention to Detail
    Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Self Control
    Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
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Projected Employment
 Vermont
2016 employment 205
2026 employment 214
Annual percent change
(compounded)
0.4%
Annual projected job openings
(due to change and separations)
26
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Education and Experience:
  • Typical education needed for entry
    No formal educational credential
  • Work experience in a related occupation
    No work experience
  • Typical on-the-job training needed to attain competency
    More than 1 year on-the-job training
Based on BLS Education and Training Classifications
 
Job Zone
Some Preparation Needed
  • Specific Vocational Preparation Range
    (4.0 to < 6.0) - A typical worker will require over 3 months up to and including 1 year of training to achieve average performance in this occupation.
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Education Level
How much education do most people in this career have?
Education level Percent of
U.S. Workers
Doctoral or professional degree
or post-MA certificate
  0%
Master's degree or
post-BA certificate
  0%
Bachelor's degree   0%
Associate's degree   0%
Certificate or some college,
no degree
  10%
High school diploma
or equivalent
  70%
Less than high school diploma   20%
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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).
  • 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.
  • Category Flexibility
    The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Control Precision
    The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
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Work Activities
In general, what you might do:
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
    Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
  • Getting Information
    Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Performing General Physical Activities
    Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Selling or Influencing Others
    Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
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Detailed Work Activities
What you might do in a day:
  • Prepare meat products for sale or consumption.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
  • Weigh finished products.
  • Cut meat products.
  • Inspect food products.
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Tasks
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare and place meat cuts and products in display counter, so they will appear attractive and catch the shopper's eye.
  • Wrap, weigh, label, and price cuts of meat.
  • Cut, trim, bone, tie, and grind meats, such as beef, pork, poultry, and fish, to prepare meat in cooking form.
  • Prepare special cuts of meat ordered by customers.
  • Receive, inspect, and store meat upon delivery, to ensure meat quality.
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