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Butchers and Meat Cutters

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Cut, trim, or prepare consumer-sized portions of meat for use or sale in retail establishments.

    Work Activities
    • 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.
    • Total sales, and collect money from customers.
    • Estimate requirements and order or requisition meat supplies to maintain inventories.
    • Record quantity of meat received and issued to cooks or keep records of meat sales.
    • Supervise other butchers or meat cutters.
    • Cure, smoke, tenderize and preserve meat.
    • Negotiate with representatives from supply companies to determine order details.
    • Shape, lace, and tie roasts, using boning knife, skewer, and twine.
    • 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.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • 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.

    • 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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    • Ohio Annual Salary $33,460/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $16.09/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 4,970
    • Yearly Projected Openings 640
    Typical Education
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Self Control
    • Initiative
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