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Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers - 51-3022.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Use hands or hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and seafood.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Beef Trimmer
  • Breast Trimmer
  • Chicken Cutter
  • Deboner
  • Fish Processor
  • Meat Cutter
  • Meat Trimmer
  • Seafood Processor
  • Trimmer
  • Wing Scorer

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-3000 Food Processing Workers
51-3020 Butchers and Other Meat, Poultry, and Fish Processing Workers
51-3022.00 Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

Related Occupations


  • Clean and salt hides.
  • Clean, trim, slice, and section carcasses for future processing.
  • Cut and trim meat to prepare for packing.
  • Inspect meat products for defects, bruises or blemishes and remove them along with any excess fat.
  • Obtain and distribute specified meat or carcass.
  • Prepare ready-to-heat foods by filleting meat or fish or cutting it into bite-sized pieces, preparing and adding vegetables or applying sauces or breading.
  • Prepare sausages, luncheon meats, hot dogs, and other fabricated meat products, using meat trimmings and hamburger meat.
  • Process primal parts into cuts that are ready for retail use.
  • Produce hamburger meat and meat trimmings.
  • Remove parts, such as skin, feathers, scales or bones, from carcass.
  • Separate meats and byproducts into specified containers and seal containers.
  • Use knives, cleavers, meat saws, bandsaws, or other equipment to perform meat cutting and trimming.
  • Weigh meats and tag containers for weight and contents.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Cut meat products.
  • Distribute supplies to workers.
  • Inspect food products.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
  • Prepare meat products for sale or consumption.
  • Process animal carcasses.
  • Sort materials or products for processing, storing, shipping, or grading.
  • Weigh finished products.

Military Crosswalk Titles

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

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Animal Eviscerator
  • Boner, Meat
  • Butcher, Fish
  • Carcass Splitter
  • Casing Splitter
  • Crab Butcher
  • Crab Meat Processor
  • Cutlet Maker, Pork
  • Final-Dressing Cutter
  • Fish Chopper, Gang Knife
  • Fish Cleaner
  • Fish Roe Processor
  • Gambreler
  • Head Trimmer
  • Offal Separator
  • Poultry Boner
  • Poultry Dresser
  • Poultry Eviscerator
  • Poultry Killer
  • Sausage-Meat Trimmer
  • Skin Lifter, Bacon
  • Skinner
  • Sticker, Animal
  • Trimmer, Meat
  • Turkey-Roll Maker