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Slaughterers and Meat Packers

Perform slaughtering and meat-packing tasks.

Quick Facts

Wages:

Well below the statewide median
$14.98 / hour    Read more about wages

Outlook:

Average
Growth rate:  4.3%    Read more about outlook

Education:

High School or less is typically required.

On the Job:

Typical Work Tasks
  • Cut meat products.
  • Prepare meat products for sale or consumption.
  • Process animal carcasses.
  • Slaughter animals.
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Job Title Examples:

Meat Manager
Meat Packer
Meat Trimmer

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Wages & Outlook

 

Typical Wages

Wages listed below are for a variety of experience and education levels. Make sure that you research the typical entry-level education and work experience and training requirements for this occupation.

This career: $14.98
Statewide median: $23.81

 

This career pays well below the statewide median wage.


Wages for Slaughterers and Meat Packers *

Area Low Median High
U S
$14.55 $14.96 $18.45
Minnesota
$14.87 $14.98 $18.78
Central Minnesota
$14.97 $18.73 $18.73
Northwest Minnesota
$14.73 $14.73 $18.73
Southeast Minnesota
$14.63 $14.92 $18.81
Southwest Minnesota
$14.93 $15.00 $18.81

* "Low" indicates 25% of workers earn less and 75% earn more.
"Median" indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
"High" indicates 75% of workers earn less and 25% earn more.

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Employment

In Minnesota, there are 6,860 workers employed in this medium-sized career.

Where do Slaughterers and Meat Packers most often work?

 

Current Demand

No data available.

 

Future Demand

This career is high growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 6,961 new Slaughterers and Meat Packers to meet market demand between 2020-2030. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

 

Employment Outlook for Slaughterers and Meat Packers
Area Employment Employment Change
2020 2030 Number Percent
U S 79,700 83,100 3,400 4.3%
Minnesota 5,761 5,978 217 3.8%
Central Minnesota 1,248 1,293 45 3.6%
Northwest Minnesota 837 874 37 4.4%
Southeast Minnesota 1,519 1,576 57 3.8%
Southwest Minnesota 1,603 1,662 59 3.7%



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.


Physical Demands   

This career requires time standing, walking, or running.

 

Typical Work Tasks

People who work in this career often:


Typical Working Conditions

 

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Education & Credentials

 

Educational Requirements

High School or less

 

Education level attained (national data)

Education Level Attained (national data)
Education Level AttainedPercentage of workers in this occupation
Less than high school diploma34.6
High school diploma or equivalent39
Some college, no degree18.2
Associate degree4.5
Bachelors degree3.3
Masters degree0.4
Doctoral (Ph.D) or professional degree0.1

 

Work Experience and Training Requirements

Nationally, this career typically requires:

  • No related work experience for entry.
  • Short-term on-the-job training to become competent.

 

Transfer Options

 

Helpful High School Courses

Examples of helpful classes that help you prepare for this career:

  • Applied Math
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Computer Applications
  • Drafting
  • Electronics
  • Geometry
  • Industrial Technology
  • Introduction to Business
  • Physics
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Technical Writing
  • Trigonometry

In Minnesota, your school may have developed a Program of Study in this career area. A Program of Study is an academic and career plan developed by your high school to help move you towards a career and college path. A Program of Study can help you:

  • Select high school classes that prepare you for college and getting a job
  • Understand how the classes you're taking in high school lead to a career
  • Identify extra-curricular activities that are related to your career interest
  • See what classes at your school offer early college credit that will save you time and money towards your college expenses
  • Graduate from high school prepared for your next step toward the career you choose

Learn more about Programs of Study at your high school.


 

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Skills & Knowledge

 

Most Important Skills for Slaughterers and Meat Packers


 

Most Important Knowledge Areas for Slaughterers and Meat Packers



Interests


Different careers may be a good fit for your personality or interests. This career is:

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Describe Your Skills


People who have worked in this career typically perform the following tasks. These statements can help a prospective employer understand what you can do, on a resume or during an interview.

  • Handling and moving objects.
  • Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to find or fix problems.
  • Performing general physical abilities.
  • Monitoring information from a variety of sources to find problems.
  • Collecting information from different sources.
  • Identifying information by categorizing, comparing, or detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Communicating with supervisors, co-workers, or people that work under you.
  • Controlling machines and processes.

 

Careers that Use Similar Skills


The following careers use skills, knowledge, and abilities that are similar to those used for Slaughterers and Meat Packers.

 

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Job Title Examples


Meat Manager,  Meat Packer,  Meat Trimmer,  Boning Room Worker,  Deboner,  Journeyman Meat Cutter,  Kill Room Operator,  Market Manager,  Meat Clerk,  Meat Department Manager,  Meat Packager,  Meat Specialist,  Meat Wrapper,  Seafood and Service Meat Manager 

 

Where Do Slaughterers and Meat Packers Work?


Slaughterers and Meat Packers often work in the following industries.

 

Similar Careers


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