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Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers
(SOC Code : 51-3022)
in California

Use hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and fish.

Employers usually expect an employee in this occupation to be able to do the job after Short-term on-the-job training .

Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
California 20171st Qtr$12.56$10.48$11.51$13.53

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
California 2014 - 20248,0008,80080010.0240

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Grocery Stores 14,87248.8%
Grocery Product Merchant Wholesalers 4,45914.9%
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 23814.3%
Specialty Food Stores 7,1508.4%
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting7,6091.1%

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Use knives, cleavers, meat saws, bandsaws, or other equipment to perform meat cutting and trimming.
Clean, trim, slice, and section carcasses for future processing.
Cut and trim meat to prepare for packing.
Remove parts, such as skin, feathers, scales or bones, from carcass.
Inspect meat products for defects, bruises or blemishes and remove them along with any excess fat.
Produce hamburger meat and meat trimmings.
Process primal parts into cuts that are ready for retail use.
Obtain and distribute specified meat or carcass.
Separate meats and byproducts into specified containers and seal containers.
Weigh meats and tag containers for weight and contents.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others` actions.
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others` reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Time Management - Managing one`s own time and the time of others.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

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