Occupation Profile for Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

Use hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and fish.


$20,370.00 Median Annual Wage 6,000 Average Job Openings Per Year
6.4 Average Unemployment Percentage 82.9 Percentage That Completed High School
144,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 15.3 Percentage That Had Some College
160,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 1.8 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job Titles
Abalone Processor
Animal Eviscerator
Animal Skinner
Bacon de-Rinder
Bacon Skinner
Bacon Slicer
Beef Boner
Beef Breaker
Beef Skinner
Bladder Blower
Bladder Cleaner
Bladder Tier
Blowing Weasand
Boner, Meat
Boston Cutter
Breast Puller
Breast Splitter
Breast Trimmer
Brisket Puller
Bruise Trimmer
Bung Dropper
Butcher, Fish
Calf Skinner
Carcass Splitter
Casing Splitter
Cattle Knocker
Caul Dresser
Caul Puller
Chicken Boner
Chicken Dresser
Chuck Splitter
Clean Up Crew Worker
Clod Puller
Crab Backer
Crab Butcher
Crab Meat Processor
Crop Puller
Crotch Breaker
Cutlet Maker, Pork
Cutter Off
Draw Off Worker
Fell Cutter
Final Dressing Cutter
Fish Butcher
Fish Chopper, Gang Knife
Fish Cleaner
Fish Cutting Machine Operator
Fish Filleter
Fish Flipper
Fish Header
Fish Roe Processor
Frozen Meat Cutter
Gamb Cutter
General Production Laborer
Gizzard Peeler
Gizzard Puller
Gullet Slitter
Gut Cleaner
Gut Dropper
Gut Puller
Gut Snatcher
Ham Boner
Ham Facer
Ham Sawyer
Ham Stripper
Ham Trimmer
Head Holder
Head Trimmer
Hide Dropper
Hide Trimmer
Hog Cutter
Hog Dropper
Hog Scalder
Jaw Skinner
Jawbone Puller
Kidney Puller
Kidney Trimmer
Leg Breaker
Loin Puller
Lung Gun Operator
Lung Puller
Meat Boner
Meat Cutter
Meat Department Manager
Meat Market Manager
Meat Trimmer
Offal Separator
Offal Worker
Oyster Opener
Oyster Shucker
Paunch Trimmer
Pluck Separator
Pluck Trimmer
Poultry Boner
Poultry Cutter
Poultry Dresser
Poultry Eviscerator
Poultry Killer
Poultry Processor
Poultry Trimmer
Rib Chopper
Rib Puller
Rib Sawyer
Rip Sawyer
Round Boner
Sausage Cutter
Sausage Meat Trimmer
Seafood Processor
Shank Skinner
Shrimp Cleaner
Shrimp Header
Shrimp Peeler
Shrimp Picker
Skewer Up
Skin Lifter, Bacon
Skirt Trimmer
Skull Chopper
Skull Splitter
Slitter, Hand
Snout Puller
Soup Person
Sticker, Animal
Sweetbread Trimmer
Tail Puller
Tail Ripper
Tail Sawyer
Toe Puller
Tongue Trimmer
Tripe Finisher
Tripe Scraper
Turkey Boner
Turkey Roll Maker
Weasand Trimmer
Wing Scorer

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Sources: Career Guide to Industries (CGI), Occupational Information Network (O*Net), Occupation Outlook Handbook (OOH)
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • 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.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • Supplemental — Produce hamburger meat and meat trimmings.
  • Supplemental — Process primal parts into cuts that are ready for retail use.
  • Supplemental — Obtain and distribute specified meat or carcass.
  • Supplemental — Separate meats and byproducts into specified containers and seal containers.
  • Supplemental — Weigh meats and tag containers for weight and contents.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
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