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Career and Education Opportunities for Meat Cutters in Chandler, Arizona

There is a wide variety of career and education opportunities for meat cutters in the Chandler, Arizona area. Currently, 1,200 people work as meat cutters in Arizona. This is expected to grow by 9% to 1,310 people by 2016. This is better than the national trend for meat cutters, which sees this job pool growing by about 6.4% over the next eight years. Meat cutters generally use hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and fish.

Meat cutters earn approximately $12 per hour or $25,470 per year on average in Arizona. Nationally they average about $10 hourly or $21,810 annually. Earnings for meat cutters are better than earnings in the general category of Food in Arizona and not quite as good as general Food category earnings nationally.

The Chandler area is home to seventy-seven schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Chandler where you can get a degree as a meat cutter. Meat cutters usually hold less than a high school diploma, so it will take only a short time to learn to be a meat cutter if you already have a high school diploma.


Meat Cutter video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, meat cutters use hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and fish.

Meat cutters use knives or other apparatus to perform meat cutting and trimming. Finally, meat cutters cut and trim meat to ready for packing.

Every day, meat cutters are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to control objects and devices with precise control. It is also important that they articulate ideas and problems.

It is important for meat cutters to inspect meat products for defects, bruises or blemishes and remove them along with any excess fat. They are often called upon to remove components. They also clean and section carcasses for future processing. They are sometimes expected to process primal components into cuts that are ready for retail use. Somewhat less frequently, meat cutters are also expected to produce hamburger meat and meat trimmings.

Meat cutters sometimes are asked to separate meats and byproducts into specified containers and seal containers. And finally, they sometimes have to separate meats and byproducts into specified containers and seal containers.

Like many other jobs, meat cutters must be reliable and be thorough and dependable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Chandler include:

  • Baker. Mix and bake ingredients according to recipes to produce breads, rolls, or other baked goods.
  • Butcher. Cut, trim, or prepare consumer-sized portions of meat for use or sale in retail establishments.


Maricopa Skill Center - Phoenix, AZ

Maricopa Skill Center, 1245 E Buckeye, Phoenix, AZ 85034-4101. Maricopa Skill Center is a small school located in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a public school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 953 students. Maricopa Skill Center has a less than one year program in Meat Cutting/Meat Cutter which graduated seven students in 2008.


Chandler, Arizona
Chandler, Arizona photo by Ixnayonthetimmay

Chandler is situated in Maricopa County, Arizona. It has a population of over 247,140, which has grown by 40.0% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Chandler, 93, is below the national average. New single-family homes in Chandler are priced at $206,800 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, three hundred sixty-one new homes were constructed in Chandler, down from 1,002 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Chandler are educational services, health care, and finance and insurance. For men, it is computer and electronic products, construction, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average commute to work is about 25 minutes. More than 32.5% of Chandler residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 10.5%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Chandler is 6.6%, which is less than Arizona's average of 9.3%.

The percentage of Chandler residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 39.7%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Southern Baptist Convention.

Chandler is home to the Kyrene Gin and the Goodyear Substation as well as West Mine Well Park and Doctor Chandler Memorial Park. Visitors to Chandler can choose from Courtyard by Marriott - Chandler, Four Seasons Solar Products and Aloha Motel for temporary stays in the area.