Trade Category: ArtisanMeatcutter

MeatcutterWhat you do:

As people become more interested in the food they’re eating and where it comes from, specialized food professions like meatcutting are making a comeback.

As a Meatcutter, you are on your feet working behind the scenes in a refrigerated room preparing cuts of meat for display, or behind a retail counter sharing your expert knowledge and filling orders. Not only can you cook a killer steak and rattle off the differences between a rib-eye, tenderloin and T bone, but you know how to create each cut perfectly.

MeatcutterCritical skills:

  • Safety and sanitation standards
  • Ordering, inventory and cost controls
  • Meat science and nutrition
  • Inspection and grading
  • Handling and storage
  • Cutting procedures for Beef, Veal, Pork, Lamb, Poultry, Fish and Game

Trade Category: Artisan

Artistic, Attentive, Cautious, Coordinated, Creative, Curious, Dexterous, Inventive, Methodical, Meticulous, Organized, Precise, Steady, Strong, Visual


$33k - $44k Annually

$10.25 - $25.00 Hourly

Work hours:

20-40 hours per week, weekdays and weekends

What you learn:

  • How to cut, trim and prepare standard cuts of meat
  • How to grind meats and slice cooked meats
  • How to cure, smoke, tenderize and preserve meat
  • How to order and manage inventory
  • How to inspect, handle, prepare and store meat safely

Who you work for:

Meatcutters work in wholesale plants or retail locations like supermarkets, grocery stores and butcher shops. Others open their own shops.

Types of Workplaces

  • Butchers
  • Restaurants
  • Grocery Stores
  • Animal Processing Facilities


Who you‘ll work with:

It’s one of the oldest and probably least known trades, but Meatcutters are highly skilled and valued tradespeople. You will be paired with an experienced Meatcutter who can help you learn how to safely handle the tools of the trade and break down carcasses and cut meat to specification.

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