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Become A Journeyman Meat Cutter

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Working As A Journeyman Meat Cutter

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $28,686

    Average Salary

What Does A Journeyman Meat Cutter Do At Jewel-Osco

* Maintains an atmosphere of enthusiastic customer awareness with an emphasis on fast, friendly, courteous customer service.
* Engages in suggestive selling and other sales techniques.
* Cuts, grinds, and wraps fresh meat products according to proper procedure to ensure product quantity, quality and freshness.
* Stocks and rotates product.
* Ensures trim specifications are followed and proper temperatures are maintained in all phases of meat preparation, display and storage.
* Prevents shrink and controls expenses.
* Follows laws and company policy on weighing, labeling, code dating and the handling of reworked and reduced-to-clear items.
* Prevents sale of spoiled and/or outdated products.
* Ensures proper merchandising of product, proper signing, proper inventory level in retail cases, and eye-appeal of the department.
* Ensures cleanliness and sanitation of work area, equipment, cutting room and retail cases according to company policy and the law.
* Responsible for performing all job duties and responsibilities with honesty and integrity.
* Other necessary and required duties

What Does A Journeyman Meat Cutter Do At Meijer

* Assisting in the writing of fresh meat orders
* Organizing and checking in fresh meat deliveries
* Maintaining a positive working relationship with customers, team members and leadership

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How To Become A Journeyman Meat Cutter

Most butchers learn their skills through on-the-job training lasting more than a year. No formal education is required.


There are no formal education requirements to become a butcher.


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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Journeyman Meat Cutter Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • Polish


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Top Skills for A Journeyman Meat Cutter


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Top Journeyman Meat Cutter Skills

  1. Courteous Customer Service
  2. Meat Department
  3. Ground Beef
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide prompt and courteous customer service to members, employees, and suppliers.
  • Keep meat department sales floor clean and free of debris.
  • Help to maintain product levels in the department from the fresh meat to frozen meat and packaged meats.
  • Train apprentice meat cutters and apprentices.
  • Prepare sausages, luncheon meats, hot dogs, and other fabricated meat products, using meat trimmings and hamburger meat.

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