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Career and Education Opportunities for Meat Cutters in Tempe, Arizona

Tempe, Arizona provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for meat cutters. There are currently 1,200 jobs for meat cutters in Arizona and this is projected to grow 9% to about 1,310 jobs 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.

A person working as a meat cutter can expect to earn about $12 hourly or $25,470 per year on average in Arizona and about $10 hourly or $21,810 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for meat cutters are better than earnings in the general category of Food in Arizona and not quite as good as general Food category earnings nationally.

There is one school within twenty-five miles of Tempe where you can study to be a meat cutter, among seventy-six schools of higher education total in the Tempe area. Given that the most common education level for meat cutters is less than a high school diploma, it will take only a short time to learn to be a meat cutter if you already have a high school diploma.


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 Tempe 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.


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.