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Butchers cut, trim, and package meat for retail sale.Duties
Butchers typically do the following:
Butchers cut and trim meat from larger, wholesale portions into steaks, chops, roasts, and other cuts. They then prepare meat for sale by performing various duties, such as weighing meat, wrapping it, and putting it out for display. In retail stores, they also wait on customers and prepare special cuts of meat upon request.
Butchers in meat processing plants are also known as meat cutters. They may have a more limited range of duties than those working in a grocery store or specialty meat shop. Because they typically work on an assembly line, those in processing plants usually perform one specific function—a single cut—during their shift.
Butchers use tools such as knives, grinders, or meat saws. They must follow sanitation standards while working and when cleaning equipment, countertops, and working areas in order to prevent meat contamination.
Some butchers run their own retail store. In these settings, they usually track inventory, order supplies, and perform other recordkeeping duties.
Most butchers learn their skills through on-the-job training lasting more than a year. No formal education is required.Education
There are no formal education requirements to become a butcher.Training
Butchers typically learn their skills on the job and the length of training varies considerably. Training for simple cutting may take only a few weeks. However, more complicated cutting tasks generally require training that may last from several months to more than a year.
Training for entry-level workers often begins by learning less difficult tasks, such as making simple cuts, removing bones, or dividing wholesale cuts into retail portions. Under the guidance of more experienced workers, trainees learn the proper use and care of tools and equipment. For example, they learn how to sharpen their knives and clean working areas and equipment.
Trainees also may learn how to shape, roll, and tie roasts, prepare sausage, and cure meat. Those employed in retail stores are usually taught basic business operations, such as inventory control, meat buying, and recordkeeping. Employees also receive training in food safety to minimize the risk of foodborne pathogens in meats.
Butchers who follow religious dietary guidelines for food preparation may be required to undergo more specialized training and certification before becoming endorsed by a religious organization to prepare meat.Important Qualities
Concentration. Butchers must pay close attention to what they are doing in order to avoid injury and wasting meat.
Customer-service skills. Butchers who work in retail stores should be courteous, be able to answer customers’ questions, and fill orders to customers’ satisfaction.
Dexterity. Butchers use sharp knives and meat cutting equipment as part of their duties. Therefore, they must have good hand control in order to make proper cuts of meat that are the right size.
Physical stamina. Butchers spend hours on their feet while cutting, packaging, or storing meat.
Physical strength. Butchers should be strong enough to lift and carry heavy boxes of meat, which may weigh more than 50 pounds.
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Hispanic or Latino16.2%
Black or African American0.4%
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Culinary Institute of America12.9%
University of Phoenix12.1%
Johnson & Wales University9.5%
Fresno City College5.2%
Boise State University4.3%
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts4.3%
Ball State University4.3%
Murray State University3.4%
University of Cincinnati3.4%
Southern Illinois University Carbondale3.4%
Missouri Western State University3.4%
University of Northern Iowa3.4%
University of Vermont3.4%
Texas A&M University3.4%
McCann School of Business and Technology3.4%
University of Arkansas at Monticello3.4%
Louisiana State University and A&M College3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Butcher||Tychanski Meat Market Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 10, 2015||$50,960|
|Butcher||Love Farms LLC||Paterson, NJ||Jul 28, 2015||$50,960|
|Butcher||Pueblo Meat Market, Inc.||Newark, NJ||Jul 09, 2015||$48,422|
|Butcher||Victor Provision Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 07, 2016||$47,600|
|Butcher||Furcis Fine Foods||Bayport, NY||Oct 21, 2008||$47,083|
|Head Butcher||Jon Supermarket||Dover, NJ||Sep 09, 2010||$46,102|
|Butcher||Tana's Food Market, Inc.||Paterson, NJ||Mar 18, 2009||$42,617|
|Butcher||Kosher Depot||Hempstead, NY||May 05, 2008||$42,512|
|Butcher||La Placita Market Corp||Peekskill, NY||Jun 30, 2016||$39,582|
|Butcher||Foodway Inc.||Alexandria, VA||Nov 30, 2007||$38,338 -
|Butcher||Foodway Inc.||Alexandria, VA||Dec 14, 2009||$38,338|
|Butcher||Beira Rio Food Market, Inc.||Elizabeth, NJ||Jul 15, 2010||$37,816|
|Butcher||Maywoods Marketplace LLC||Maywood, NJ||May 04, 2012||$37,648|
|Butcher||Kangjin, Inc. DBA Store Perez II||Denver, CO||Dec 28, 2007||$36,669|
|Butcher||James Hulteen||Clifton, CO||Jul 24, 2009||$36,523|
|Butcher||K & M Meat Company, Inc.||Rifle, CO||Sep 01, 2015||$35,901|
|Butcher||Sana&Saqib, LLC T/A Fair Price INTL Supermarket||Alexandria, VA||Oct 22, 2014||$34,986|
|Butcher||Casablanca Meat Market LLC||New York, NY||May 28, 2015||$34,923|
|Butcher||Casablanca Meat Market, LLC||New York, NY||Jul 02, 2015||$34,923|
|Butcher||Carlton On The Bay||Great Neck, NY||Feb 16, 2010||$34,832|
|Butcher||House of Glatt||New York, NY||May 05, 2008||$34,832|
|Butchers||Garrido Food Corp.||New York, NY||Nov 05, 2010||$30,282|
|Butchers||2257 East 16 Corp DBA Net Cost Market||New York, NY||Jul 02, 2010||$30,282|
|Butcher||El Mercado Market||Long Beach, CA||Aug 22, 2008||$30,262 -
|Butcher||Tehran Market||Santa Monica, CA||May 07, 2010||$30,241|
|Butcher||Tehran Market||Santa Monica, CA||Apr 04, 2008||$30,241|
|Butcher (de-Boner)||Southwest Processor, Inc.||Stafford, TX||Aug 10, 2015||$30,098|
|Butcher||Ontario Farmers Market, Inc.||Ontario, CA||Feb 04, 2008||$29,781|
|Butcher||Carniceria Yahualica||Parksdale, CA||Oct 06, 2010||$29,635|
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