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Industrial Butchers and Meat Cutters, Poultry Preparers, and Related Workers

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NOC:9462
Occupation:Industrial Butchers and Meat Cutters, Poultry Preparers and Related Workers
Category:Manufacturing and Utilities

About the job

Nature of work:

Workers in this group prepare meat and poultry for further processing or for packaging for wholesale distribution. They are employed in meat and poultry slaughtering, processing and packing establishments.

Job duties:
Workers in this group perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Industrial butchers slaughter livestock using stunning devices and knives; skin, clean and trim carcasses; remove viscera and other inedible parts from carcasses; split carcasses into smaller portions to facilitate handling; and may slaughter cattle, calves and sheep as prescribed by religious laws.
  • Industrial meat cutters cut beef, lamb, pork or veal carcasses or sides or quarters of carcasses into primal cuts for further cutting, processing or packaging; remove bones from meat; and cut meat and poultry into specific cuts for institutional, commercial or other wholesale use.
  • Poultry preparers slaughter poultry and remove inedible parts; remove feathers and singe and wash poultry to prepare for further processing or packaging.
  • Trimmers remove skin, excess fat, bruises or other blemishes from carcasses or meat portions.
Sample job titles:
  • industrial butcher
  • meat cutter - meat packing plant
  • poultry butcher - meat packing plant
  • poultry preparer
  • poultry worker - meat packing plant
  • slaughterhouse butcher
  • trimmer - meat packing plant
Skills:

To work in these jobs, you should be responsible, alert, and in good physical health. Coordination, agility, and a mechanical aptitude are important. You must also be able to take direction and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • For industrial meat cutters, completion of a program in industrial meat cutting.
  • On-the-job training is provided for industrial butchers, poultry preparers and trimmers.
Other considerations:

Industrial meat cutters may progress to inspecting, testing and grading jobs. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Industrial Butchers and Meat Cutters, Poultry Preparers and Related Workers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common. With employment conditions being seasonal in nature, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year are fairly common.

The median employment income for 56% of Industrial Butchers and Meat Cutters, Poultry Preparers and Related Workers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $35,236. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Industrial Butchers and Meat Cutters, Poultry Preparers, and Related Workers85xxx
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum:  N/A
Median: $31,735
Maximum:  N/A
Occupations in Manufacturing and Utilities15,275Weak growth1,275Moderate
Minimum: $12.00
Median: $18.75
Maximum: $30.00
Minimum: $6,056
Median: $30,111
Maximum: $70,518
Industrial Butchers and Meat Cutters, Poultry Preparers, and Related WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Manufacturing and Utilities
Percent employed full-time78%87%
Percent self-employed4%3%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentIndustrial Butchers and Meat Cutters, Poultry Preparers, and Related WorkersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern10%N/A12%$30,581
Northern15%N/A16%$33,660
Cape BretonxN/A13%$32,974
Halifax10%N/A47%$41,209
Annapolis Valley60%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeIndustrial Butchers and Meat Cutters, Poultry Preparers, and Related WorkersCompared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities
% Employed% Employed
15-2411%3%
25-3416%5%
35-4432%21%
45-5421%42%
55-6421%29%
65+N/A3%
Median Age4145
GenderIndustrial Butchers and Meat Cutters, Poultry Preparers, and Related WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Manufacturing and Utilities
% Employed% Employed
Female35%28%
Male65%72%
EducationIndustrial Butchers and Meat Cutters, Poultry Preparers, and Related WorkersCompared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school33.3%$32,56422.9%$21,011
High school33.3%$25,63338.1%$28,358
Trades certificate22.2%$14,84112.4%$37,356
College certificate or diploma11.1%$36,05920.3%$36,968
University certificate or diplomaN/Ax1.1%$35,915
Bachelor's degreeN/A$26,3994.4%$36,852
University advanced certificate or diplomaN/Ax0.3%$55,581
Master's degreeN/Ax0.5%x
DoctorateN/AxN/A$25,380
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.1%N/A
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Pork Nova Scotia
60 Research Drive
Bible Hill, NS B6L 2R2
Tel: (902) 893-7455
Fax: (902) 893-7063
Canadian Professional Meat Cutters Association
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Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
akerley.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
lunenburg.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
it.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
shelburne.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
truro.info@nscc.ca
Additional resources:

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