|Quick Facts: Slaughterers, Meat Packers, and Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers|
|2012 Median Pay||
$23,320 per year
$11.21 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Less than high school|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Short-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||244,100|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||3% (Slower than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||6,700|
Slaughterers, meat packers, and meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers kill, clean, or prepare animals for sale or further processing. They also cut, prepare, or package meats for wholesale or retail sale.
Most of these workers are employed in animal slaughtering and processing facilities. Workers are exposed to noise, dangerous equipment, and hot or cold temperatures. Lifting heavy pieces of meat and doing repetitive cuts all day make the work physically demanding. Working conditions are often very difficult.
Workers learn their skills through short-term on-the-job training. No formal education is required.
In May 2012, the median annual wage for slaughterers and meat packers was $24,330. The median annual wage for meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers was $22,830 in May 2012.
Employment of slaughterers, meat packers, and meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Despite slow employment growth, job openings will continue to arise because working conditions in most processing facilities are physically demanding and often very difficult, resulting in high job turnover.
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