Butchers and Meat Cutters
On the Job
Butchers and Meat Cutters prepare cuts of meat for sale in grocery stores.
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Inspect food products.
- Load items into ovens or furnaces.
- Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
- Confer with customers or designers to determine order specifications.
- Estimate material requirements for production.
- Cut meat products.
- Prepare meat products for sale or consumption.
- Weigh finished products.
- Record operational or production data.
- Direct operational or production activities.
Typical Working Conditions
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Frequent contact with others.
- Dealing with external customers.
- Making decisions that impact co-workers or company results.
- Exposure to hazardous equipment.
- Working in very hot or cold temperatures.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Dealing with unpleasant or angry people.
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