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Details for Slaughterers and Meat Packers


Work in slaughtering, meat packing, or wholesale establishments performing precision functions involving the preparation of meat. Work may include specialized slaughtering tasks, cutting standard or premium cuts of meat for marketing, making sausage, or wrapping meats.


  • Cut, trim, skin, sort, and wash viscera of slaughtered animals to separate edible portions from offal.
  • Grind meat into hamburger, and into trimmings used to prepare sausages, luncheon meats, and other meat products.
  • Remove bones, and cut meat into standard cuts in preparation for marketing.
  • Saw, split, or scribe carcasses into smaller portions to facilitate handling.
  • Sever jugular veins to drain blood and facilitate slaughtering.
  • Shackle hind legs of animals to raise them for slaughtering or skinning.
  • Shave or singe and defeather carcasses, and wash them in preparation for further processing or packaging.
  • Skin sections of animals or whole animals.
  • Slit open, eviscerate, and trim carcasses of slaughtered animals.
  • Stun animals prior to slaughtering.
  • Trim head meat, and sever or remove parts of animals' heads or skulls.
  • Trim, clean, and/or cure animal hides.
  • Wrap dressed carcasses and/or meat cuts.
  • Tend assembly lines, performing a few of the many cuts needed to process a carcass.
  • Slaughter animals in accordance with religious law, and determine that carcasses meet specified religious standards.


  • 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.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
  • Experience - Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.



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