Butchers and Meat Cutters - What They Do

Butchers and Meat Cutters generally receive Long-term on-the-job training before they are capable of performing their job at an acceptable level.

Once employed, Butchers and Meat Cutters can expect to earn an average of $31,000.00 per year throughout their career.


In respect to starting your own business, Butchers and Meat Cutters rarely feel the entrepreneurial itch. Currently, 1.1% of the employment base is classified as self-employed.

Given the job environment today, Butchers and Meat Cutters can consider themselves quite lucky, as only 6.4% are currently unemployed.

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Academic Programs of Interest

A Meatcutter Program will teach a student how to break down carcasses, cut meat to industry specification using hand and power tools in a safe and sanitary manner. A student will also learn how to order, handle and prepare for sale a variety of seafood products, manufacturers prepared meat products, and handles cured meat products for sale.

The Meatcutter Program can usually be completed within... more