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Working As A Meat Clerk

  • 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

  • $29,130

    Average Salary

What Does A Meat Clerk Do

Butchers cut, trim, and package meat for retail sale.

Duties

Butchers typically do the following:

  • Sharpen and adjust knives and cutting equipment
  • Receive, inspect, and store meat upon delivery
  • Cut, bone, or grind pieces of meat
  • Weigh, wrap, and display meat or meat products
  • Cut or prepare meats to specification or customers’ orders
  • Store meats in refrigerators or freezers at the required temperature
  • Keep inventory of meat and order meat supplies
  • Clean equipment and work areas to maintain health and sanitation standards

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.

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How To Become A Meat Clerk

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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Meat Clerk Demographics

Gender

Male

80.2%

Female

18.8%

Unknown

1.0%
Ethnicity

White

78.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

71.0%

French

8.0%

German

4.0%

Portuguese

3.0%

Tagalog

3.0%

Greek

2.0%

Carrier

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Italian

2.0%

Khmer

1.0%

Dakota

1.0%

Urdu

1.0%
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Meat Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.2%

Lansing Community College

6.0%

Iowa State University

6.0%

Kirkwood Community College

5.5%

University of Iowa

5.5%

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

5.5%

College of the Desert

4.9%

University of South Dakota

4.9%

Des Moines Area Community College

4.9%

Bakersfield College

4.9%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

4.4%

Wake Technical Community College

4.4%

Universal Technical Institute

4.4%

Ashford University

4.4%

Metropolitan Community College

4.4%

Eastern Michigan University

4.4%

Fullerton College

4.4%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.4%

Grand Rapids Community College

4.4%

Onondaga Community College

4.4%
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Majors

Business

22.1%

Criminal Justice

12.5%

General Studies

7.6%

Computer Science

5.1%

Psychology

5.1%

Accounting

4.8%

Culinary Arts

4.6%

Automotive Technology

4.3%

Graphic Design

3.6%

Communication

3.5%

Kinesiology

3.2%

Liberal Arts

3.2%

Information Technology

2.9%

Health Care Administration

2.8%

Nursing

2.6%

Medical Assisting Services

2.6%

Education

2.5%

Political Science

2.4%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%

Biology

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

42.5%

Bachelors

28.3%

Associate

18.3%

Certificate

5.9%

Masters

2.2%

Diploma

2.2%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Meat Clerk

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Top Meat Clerk Skills

  1. Outstanding Customer Service
  2. Meat Department
  3. Seafood Products
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide outstanding customer service for every customer.
  • Identified, wrapped, priced, and weighed all meat department items in accordance with specified procedures outlined by standard practice.
  • Provided customers quality service as well as cut/ prepare all types of pork/beef/seafood products.
  • Examine the rotation of all meat products paying particular attention to expiration date and discarding outdated or spoiled items.
  • Unloaded 8000 lbs of produce from delivery trucks four days a week and stocked the produce department with fruits and vegetables.

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