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Career and Education Opportunities for Meat Cutters in Phoenix, Arizona

For those living in the Phoenix, Arizona area, there are many career and education opportunities for meat cutters. About 1,200 people are currently employed as meat cutters in Arizona. By 2016, this is expected to grow 9% to 1,310 people employed. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for meat cutters are expected to grow by about 6.4%. In general, meat cutters use hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and fish.

Meat cutters earn about $12 hourly or $25,470 yearly on average in Arizona and about $10 hourly or $21,810 annually on average nationally. Compared with people working in the overall category of Food, people working as meat cutters in Arizona earn more. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Food nationally.

The Phoenix area is home to seventy-six schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Phoenix where you can get a degree as a meat cutter. Given that the most common education level for meat cutters is less than a high school diploma, 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 Phoenix 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: 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.