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Slaughterers and Meat Packers

Perform nonroutine or precision functions involving the preparation of large portions of meat. Work may include specialized slaughtering tasks, cutting standard or premium cuts of meat for marketing, making sausage, or wrapping meats. Work typically occurs in slaughtering, meat packing, or wholesale establishments.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Remove bones, and cut meat into standard cuts in preparation for marketing.
    • Sever jugular veins to drain blood and facilitate slaughtering.
    • Tend assembly lines, performing a few of the many cuts needed to process a carcass.
    • Shackle hind legs of animals to raise them for slaughtering or skinning.
    • Slit open, eviscerate, and trim carcasses of slaughtered animals.
    • Stun animals prior to slaughtering.
    • Skin sections of animals or whole animals.
    • Cut, trim, skin, sort, and wash viscera of slaughtered animals to separate edible portions from offal.
    • Shave or singe and defeather carcasses, and wash them in preparation for further processing or packaging.
    • Trim head meat, and sever or remove parts of animals' heads or skulls.
    • Saw, split, or scribe carcasses into smaller portions to facilitate handling.
    • Grind meat into hamburger, and into trimmings used to prepare sausages, luncheon meats, and other meat products.
    • Trim, clean, or cure animal hides.
    • Wrap dressed carcasses or meat cuts.
    • Slaughter animals in accordance with religious law, and determine that carcasses meet specified religious standards.

    Skills

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • 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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    Knowledge

    • 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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 28790/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 13.84/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 4,060
    • Yearly Projected Openings 530

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Self Control

    Tools

    • Wrapping machinery
    • Sharpening stones or tools or kits
    • Cutting machinery
    • Commercial use cutlery
    • Animal shearing or clipping equipment

    Technology

    • Office suite software
    • Inventory management software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Accounting software

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