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Butchers and Meat Cutters - 51-3021.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Butcher
  • Meat Clerk
  • Meat Cutter
  • Meat Specialist
  • Meat Trimmer
  • Meat Wrapper

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Cure, smoke, tenderize, and preserve meat.
  • Cut, trim, bone, tie, and grind meats, such as beef, pork, poultry, and fish, to prepare in cooking form.
  • Estimate requirements and order or requisition meat supplies to maintain inventories.
  • Negotiate with representatives from supply companies to determine order details.
  • Prepare and place meat cuts and products in display counter to appear attractive and catch the shopper's eye.
  • Prepare special cuts of meat ordered by customers.
  • Receive, inspect, and store meat upon delivery to ensure meat quality.
  • Record quantity of meat received and issued to cooks or keep records of meat sales.
  • Shape, lace, and tie roasts, using boning knife, skewer, and twine.
  • Supervise other butchers or meat cutters.
  • Total sales, and collect money from customers.
  • Wrap, weigh, label, and price cuts of meat.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Calculate costs of goods or services.
  • Collect payments for goods or services.
  • Confer with customers or designers to determine order specifications.
  • Cut meat products.
  • Direct operational or production activities.
  • Estimate material requirements for production.
  • Inspect food products.
  • Load items into ovens or furnaces.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
  • Prepare meat products for sale or consumption.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Weigh finished products.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Culinary Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Culinary Specialist (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Culinary Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Culinary Specialist (Submarine) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Food Service Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Leading Culinary Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Submarine Culinary Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Butcher, Meat (Hotel & Restaurant)
  • Meat Cutter

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Butcher, Meat
  • Meat Cutter
  • Meat-Cutter Apprentice