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Career and Education Opportunities for Butchers in Tempe, Arizona

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for butchers in the Tempe, Arizona area. There are currently 2,370 working butchers in Arizona; this should grow by 9% to 2,590 working butchers in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for butchers are expected to grow by about 1.5%. Butchers generally cut, trim, or prepare consumer-sized portions of meat for use or sale in retail establishments.

Income for butchers is about $16 per hour or $34,180 annually on average in Arizona. Nationally, their income is about $13 per hour or $28,290 annually. Earnings for butchers are better than earnings in the general category of Food in Arizona and better than general Food category earnings nationally.

There are seventy-six schools of higher education in the Tempe area, including one within twenty-five miles of Tempe where you can get a degree to start your career as a butcher. Butchers usually hold a high school diploma or GED, so you can expect to spend only a short time training to become a butcher if you already have a high school diploma.


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 Tempe 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.


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.


Tempe, Arizona
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Tempe is situated in Maricopa County, Arizona. It has a population of over 175,523, which has grown by 10.7% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Tempe, 95, is below the national average. New single-family homes in Tempe cost $163,900 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, sixty-three new homes were constructed in Tempe, down from one hundred seven the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Tempe are educational services, accommodation and food services, and health care. For men, it is accommodation and food services, educational services, and construction. The average commute to work is about 20 minutes. More than 39.6% of Tempe residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 14.6%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Tempe is 7.5%, which is less than Arizona's average of 9.3%.

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

Tempe is home to the Casa Fiesta Travel Trailer Resort and the Fair Lanes Village Center as well as Birchett Park and Hudson Park. Shopping malls in the area include Arizona Mall of Tempe, Arizona Mills Mall and Baseline Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Tempe can choose from Motel 6, Executive Suites Extended Stay and Best Western Nova Plus Test Property for temporary stays in the area.