Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

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About the Job

Use hand or hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and seafood.

It is also Called

  • Wing Scorer
  • Weasand Trimmer
  • Turkey Roll Maker
  • Turkey Boner
  • Tripe Scraper
  • Tripe Finisher
  • Trimmer
  • Tonguer
  • Tongue Trimmer
  • Toe Puller
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What They Do

  • Clean and salt hides.
  • Produce hamburger meat and meat trimmings.
  • Obtain and distribute specified meat or carcass.
  • Prepare sausages, luncheon meats, hot dogs, and other fabricated meat products, using meat trimmings and hamburger meat.
  • Remove parts, such as skin, feathers, scales or bones, from carcass.
  • Clean, trim, slice, and section carcasses for future processing.
  • Prepare ready-to-heat foods by filleting meat or fish or cutting it into bite-sized pieces, preparing and adding vegetables or applying sauces or breading.
  • Process primal parts into cuts that are ready for retail use.
  • Separate meats and byproducts into specified containers and seal containers.
  • Cut and trim meat to prepare for packing.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: R.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Education Required

Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.


In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $28,750 with most people making between $21,150 and $37,390


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,270 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 2,380 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 11 openings due to growth and about 49 replacement openings for approximately 60 total annual openings.

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