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Career and Education Opportunities for Meat Cutters in Mesa, Arizona

If you want to be a meat cutter, the Mesa, Arizona area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 1,200 working meat cutters in Arizona; this should grow 9% to about 1,310 working meat cutters in the state 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. In general, meat cutters use hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and fish.

Income for meat cutters is about $12 per hour or $25,470 per year on average in Arizona. Nationally, their income is about $10 per hour or $21,810 per year. Meat cutters earn more than people working in the category of Food generally in Arizona and less than people in the Food category nationally.

There are seventy-six schools of higher education in the Mesa area, including one within twenty-five miles of Mesa where you can get a degree to start your career as a meat cutter. Meat cutters usually hold less than a high school diploma, so you can expect to spend only a short time training to become a meat cutter if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Meat Cutter

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 Mesa 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.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Meat Cutter Training

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.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Mesa, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona photo by Ixnayonthetimmay

Mesa is located in Maricopa County, Arizona. It has a population of over 463,552, which has grown by 16.9% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Mesa, 92, is below the national average. New single-family homes in Mesa are priced at $289,200 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, five hundred eighty-four new homes were constructed in Mesa, down from 1,039 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Mesa are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, administrative and support and waste management services, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 26 minutes. More than 21.6% of Mesa residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.7%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Mesa is 7.9%, which is less than Arizona's average of 9.3%.

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

Mesa is home to the Water Users Camp Ten and the Arizona Girls Ranch as well as Jackrabbit Stadium and McAfee Place Unit Two Mini Park. Shopping malls in the area include Riviera Plaza Shopping Center, Gilbert Plaza Shopping Center and Apache Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Mesa can choose from Hampton Inn Phoenix-Mesa, Extended Stay America - Mesa and Kiva Lodge Motel for temporary stays in the area.