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Retail Butcher Job Description, Career as a Retail Butcher, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

income butchers meat fish customers

Education and Training On-the-job training or apprenticeship

Salary Median—$27,030 per year

Employment Outlook Good

Definition and Nature of the Work

Retail butchers prepare meat, fish, and poultry to sell to customers in stores. Some butchers work in supermarkets; others work in butcher shops. Many butchers own their shops and employ assistants. Butchers are sometimes called meat cutters, unless they deal only in fish. Fish specialists may be referred to as fish mongers or fish cleaners.

Butchers unload meat carcasses from delivery trucks and then cut the carcasses into small pieces that can be sold to customers. They use several kinds of equipment to prepare the meat: power machines such as band saws are used to cut through heavy bones, and other special knives such as slicers, cleavers, and even handsaws are used on the smaller pieces.

Retail butchers begin their task by sawing the carcass in half and then cutting it into quarters. Those quarters are divided up into various "cuts" of meat such as steaks, chops, or roasts. Next, butchers remove fragments of bone from the meat with a knife or a machine that brushes off the bone chips. Meat trimmings are ground into hamburger. Retail butchers also prepare sausages and cured meats (such as corned beef) and clean and cut fish and poultry before it is sold.

Some butchers wait on customers. In small stores butchers cut meat portions to each customer's request, weigh and wrap them, and process the customer's payment. In supermarkets butchers work behind the scenes. Meat is packaged and placed in display cases from which customers make selections. Butchers may be asked to prepare special orders for customers in supermarkets.

Education and Training Requirements

Any person interested in becoming a butcher can learn the trade through on-the-job training or through a union apprenticeship. Employers prefer to hire high school graduates. Beginners learn by watching and helping experienced butchers. Those interested may attend classes to supplement their training.

Getting the Job

Candidates can apply directly to the butchers and supermarkets for which they would like to work. Openings are often listed with the state employment office. Jobs are also listed in the classified ads of local newspapers or on the Internet.

Advancement Possibilities and Employment Outlook

Some butchers become meat buyers for supermarkets. Some become store or department managers. Experienced butchers may open their own retail shops. To do so, they must come up with considerable sums of money to get their businesses started.

A retail butcher weighs New York strip steaks that will be packaged and sold to customers. (© Henny Ray Abrams/Reuters/ Corbis.)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of butchers was expected to increase about as fast as the average for all occupations between 2004 and 2014. New automated equipment allows less skilled meat processing workers to precut and package the meat shipped directly to supermarkets, thereby lowering the need for skilled retail butchers. The increase in population in the United States, however, will increase the demand for meat. A limited number of openings will occur as experienced workers retire or leave their jobs for other reasons.

Working Conditions

Because meat, fish, and poultry must be refrigerated, butchers work in cold rooms. They need physical strength to lift, carry, and handle heavy carcasses. The floors in meat-cutting rooms are slick with blood and fat and the instruments butchers use are sharp. To avoid cuts and amputations, they must use care and know how to handle their tools. Butchers usually work forty hours a week. They generally have secure jobs.

Where to Go for More Information

American Meat Institute
1150 Connecticut Ave. NW, 12th floor
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 587-4200
http://www.meatami.org/

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, CLC
1775 K St. NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 223-3111
http://www.ufcw.org/

Earnings and Benefits

Retail butchers who are union members receive wages set by union-employer negotiations. The median annual income for butchers employed by grocery stores was $27,030 in 2004, according to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Benefits usually include health insurance, paid holidays and vacations, and retirement plans.

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about 8 years ago

Thank you, this article was very useful in the research I am doing. Do you know how much a butcher that owns a private shop in New York or Chicago might make?

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over 5 years ago

sweet

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over 7 years ago

Well you want the run down on retail butchering? You become a slave, you learn nothing besides cleaning, serving and filling pre-packs and get a few dollars more than a counter girl(schooldrop outs)who do halve the hours. For example she works 25 hours butcher works 70-80 and all for what! To say I'm a qualified butcher what a joke. Take my advice even though you won't

- GO TO THE MEAT WORKS less hours, more money, more knife skills. P.S. Unless you own your own shop then you will make or loss tish loads of dosh. Regards super butcher G-Man of ten years plus. I've been everywhere man in meat world.

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almost 9 years ago

Pigs (or any other animals) are not killed by butchers. There are dispatched at slaughterhouses.

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over 4 years ago

i am a butcher in one of the prominent company here in the Philippines. having read this article/material, i come to realize that butchery is not just an ordinary job. it requires skill.

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over 5 years ago

I WANT TO ATTEND MEAT SCHOOL DONT KNW WHERE TO START,I VE GOT EXPERIENCE ALREADY ALL I NEED IS TO BE A PROFESIONAL BUTCHER

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almost 5 years ago



بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

بعد التحية :

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته أرجو من سيادتكم التكرم بالموافقة على منحي فرصة عمل لديكم بوظيفة جزار (لحام ) ، حيث أني قد عملت بوظيفة ( رئيس قسم الجزارة - الأسماك – الدواجن ) وخبرة كبيرة لأكثر من15 عاما .

وقد عملت أيضا في شركات ومراكز تجارية كبرى مثل :

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(والهايبرماركت كافور)

(السيفوي)

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كما أنني أملك خبرة كبيرة في تقطيع وتحضير وتجهيز كافة أصناف أنواع اللحوم والدواجن والأسماك حسب الموقع أو المكان الذي اعمل به أو حسب رغبات الزبائن الأخرى( طلبات خاصة ) ولدي خبرات بمختلف مواقع العمل حيث عملت

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almost 9 years ago

I dont like butchers they are mean they kill pigs!

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almost 8 years ago

Formally, Butchers are POS and most often weigh things (steaks,etc.) Meatcutters, however, will do what the name implies will only occasionally use a scale.

18.00 is not unheard of while 15 is the stated norm.

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almost 5 years ago



بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

السيد / مدير الموارد البشرية المحترم

بعد التحية :

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته أرجو من سيادتكم التكرم بالموافقة على منحي فرصة عمل لديكم بوظيفة جزار (لحام ) ، حيث أني قد عملت بوظيفة ( رئيس قسم الجزارة - الأسماك – الدواجن ) وخبرة كبيرة لأكثر من15 عاما .

وقد عملت أيضا في شركات ومراكز تجارية كبرى مثل :

(كوزمو – المركز الأردني للتجارة والإستثمار )

(والهايبرماركت كارفور)

(السيفوي)

(والهايلاند)

كما أنني أملك خبرة كبيرة في تقطيع وتحضير وتجهيز كافة أصناف أنواع المشاوي اللحوم والدواجن والأسماك حسب الموقع أو المكان الذي اعمل به أو حسب رغبات الزبائن الأخرى( طلبات خاصة ) ولدي خبرات بمختلف مواقع العمل حيث عملت

بالوظائف التالية :

(مشرف ) ثم (رئيس قسم الجزارة - اللحوم والدواجن ) بشركة كارفو ر هايبرماركت الفرنسية-ماجدالفطيم الأردن فرع أبو نصير ، ولدي جميع شهادات الخبرة وصور من شهادات الدورات التي حصلت عليها في امن وسلامة الطعام والأغذية من شركات عالمية متخصصة في هذا المجال .

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over 4 years ago

Hi this is me, saroj all the way from Nepal. i have been working as a butcher for seven years and still doing same job in my own shop.i am looking for same job in other countries, especially in japan and gulf countries.if anybody wanna hire me please mail me.thanks...

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almost 5 years ago

Hai, i am T. kiran kumar from India working as a Butcher from the past year 1998 to till now with the Cruise lines abroad and now i am waiting for a work permit visa or any sponsorer so that i can move abroad. I want to work and settle over there with my family.

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about 5 years ago

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over 5 years ago

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about 6 years ago

where can apply as butcher, ? i am a butcher of wagyu farm here in the Philippines.

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about 6 years ago

iwant to work abroad as a butcher intrested to learna more.

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about 6 years ago

terrible website here lol

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over 6 years ago

I am doing a report on butchers in Skills 4 Living and I have no Idea what to put! Please help me!



( B.T.W. we picked what we had to do out of a bag I did not choose Butchers)

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