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Career and Education Opportunities for Butchers in Phoenix, Arizona

Butchers can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Phoenix, Arizona area. About 2,370 people are currently employed as butchers in Arizona. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 9% to 2,590 people employed. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for butchers are expected to grow by about 1.5%. In general, butchers cut, trim, or prepare consumer-sized portions of meat for use or sale in retail establishments.

The income of a butcher is about $16 hourly or $34,180 per year on average in Arizona. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $13 per hour or $28,290 annually on average. Earnings for butchers are better than earnings in the general category of Food in Arizona and better than general Food category earnings nationally.

There is one school within twenty-five miles of Phoenix where you can study to be a butcher, among seventy-six schools of higher education total in the Phoenix area. Given that the most common education level for butchers is a high school diploma or GED, you can expect to spend only a short time studying to be a butcher if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Butcher

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

In general, butchers cut, trim, or prepare consumer-sized portions of meat for use or sale in retail establishments.

Butchers ready special cuts of meat ordered by customers. Finally, butchers cut and grind meats, such as beef and fish.

Every day, butchers are expected to be able to move quickly in order to hold onto or control objects and devices. They need to see details at a very fine level of focus. It is also important that they evaluate problems as they arise.

It is important for butchers to wrap, weigh, label and price cuts of meat. They are often called upon to ready and place meat cuts and products in display counter, so they will appear attractive and catch the shopper's eye. They also shape and tie roasts, using boning knife and twine. They are sometimes expected to receive and store meat upon delivery, to insure meat quality. Somewhat less frequently, butchers are also expected to record quantity of meat received and issued to cooks and/or keep records of meat sales.

Butchers sometimes are asked to total sales, and collect money from customers. They also have to be able to negotiate with representatives from supply companies to establish order details And finally, they sometimes have to record quantity of meat received and issued to cooks and/or keep records of meat sales.

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

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Phoenix include:

  • Baker. Mix and bake ingredients according to recipes to produce breads, rolls, or other baked goods.
  • Meat Cutter. Use hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and fish.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Butcher 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: Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona photo by Urban

Phoenix is located in Maricopa County, Arizona. It has a population of over 1,567,924, which has grown by 18.7% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Phoenix, 93, is below the national average. New single-family homes in Phoenix cost $218,200 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, 2,176 new homes were built in Phoenix, down from 6,560 the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Phoenix 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 22.7% of Phoenix residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.6%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Phoenix is 10.0%, which is greater than Arizona's average of 9.3%.

The percentage of Phoenix residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 39.7%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. San Francisco Xavier and Good Shepherd Convent are among the churches located in Phoenix. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Southern Baptist Convention.

Phoenix is home to the Arizona Highway Patrol Headquarters and the Gila Valley Lookout as well as Indian Bend Park and Stephen Park. Shopping centers in the area include Alta Vista Shopping Center, Arcadia Plaza Shopping Center and Arcadia Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Phoenix can choose from Four Seasons Limousine LLC, Maricopa Manor B&B Inn and Motel 6 for temporary stays in the area.