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Career and Education Opportunities for Meat Cutters in Scottsdale, Arizona

Meat cutters can find many career and educational opportunities in the Scottsdale, Arizona area. There are currently 1,200 working meat cutters in Arizona; this should grow by 9% to about 1,310 working meat cutters in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for meat cutters are expected to grow by about 6.4%. Meat cutters generally use hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and fish.

Meat cutters earn approximately $12 hourly or $25,470 per year on average in Arizona. Nationally they average about $10 per hour or $21,810 per year. 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 Scottsdale area is home to seventy-six schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Scottsdale 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 studying to be 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 Scottsdale 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: Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona photo by Flyer84

Scottsdale is located in Maricopa County, Arizona. It has a population of over 235,371, which has grown by 16.1% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Scottsdale, 104, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Scottsdale are priced at $633,700 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, two hundred thirty-three new homes were constructed in Scottsdale, down from six hundred eighty-nine the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Scottsdale are health care, professional, scientific, and technical services, and educational services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, finance and insurance, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 24 minutes. More than 44.1% of Scottsdale residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 14.7%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Scottsdale is 6.4%, which is less than Arizona's average of 9.3%.

The percentage of Scottsdale 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.

Scottsdale is home to the Arabian Library and the McCormick Ranch Golf Course as well as Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt and McCormick Railroad Park. Shopping centers in the area include Los Arcos Mall, Park Scottsdale Shopping Center and Papago Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Scottsdale can choose from Hyatt Regency & Resorts - Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort, Doubletree Paradise Valley and Innsuites Hotel-Scottsdale for temporary stays in the area.