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Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

Use hand or hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and seafood.   (O'Net 51-3022.00)

 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 9.90   $ 11.06   $ 14.07   $ 18.48   $ 22.85   $ 15.23  
    Yearly $20,590   $23,000   $29,270   $38,430   $47,530   $31,680  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 9.87   $ 11.05   $ 13.26   $ 17.99   $ 22.83   $ 14.77  
    Yearly $20,530   $22,980   $27,580   $37,430   $47,500   $30,730  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 9.82   $ 10.84   $ 14.87   $ 18.72   $ 23.74   $ 15.58  
    Yearly $20,430   $22,550   $30,930   $38,940   $49,380   $32,400  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 10.24   $ 11.65   $ 15.08   $ 18.27   $ 21.58   $ 15.20  
    Yearly $21,290   $24,230   $31,360   $38,010   $44,880   $31,610  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 260 271 0.4% 6
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Food manufacturing 75.6%
    Food and beverage stores 16.0%
    Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods 5.1%
    Administrative and support services 0.7%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 0.7%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • Use knives, cleavers, meat saws, bandsaws, or other equipment to perform meat cutting and trimming.
     
  • Clean, trim, slice, and section carcasses for future processing.
     
  • Cut and trim meat to prepare for packing.
     
  • Remove parts, such as skin, feathers, scales or bones, from carcass.
     
  • Inspect meat products for defects, bruises or blemishes and remove them along with any excess fat.
     
  • Produce hamburger meat and meat trimmings.
     
  • Process primal parts into cuts that are ready for retail use.
     
  • Obtain and distribute specified meat or carcass.
     
  • Separate meats and byproducts into specified containers and seal containers.
     
  • Weigh meats and tag containers for weight and contents.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers  updated December 2005
     


    Knowledge
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  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers  updated December 2005
     


    Skills
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  • 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.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers  updated December 2005
     


    Work Activities
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  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers  updated December 2005
     


    Interests
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers  updated December 2005
     


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    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers  updated December 2005
     


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