Slaughterers and Meat Packers
On the Job
Slaughterers and Meat Packers work in slaughtering or meat packing establishments. They may slaughter animals, pack meats for sale, or make sausage.
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Cut meat products.
- Prepare meat products for sale or consumption.
- Process animal carcasses.
- Slaughter animals.
- Clean materials to prepare them for production.
Typical Working Conditions
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Working with a group or team.
- A work pace that is determined by the speed of equipment.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.
- Serious consequences if mistakes are made.
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