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Workers in this unit group prepare meat and poultry for further processing, for packaging or for marketing. They are employed in meat and poultry slaughtering, processing and packing establishments.
beef boner, ham cutter, industrial butcher, industrial meat cutter, meat trimmer, poultry preparer, slaughterer.
- Industrial butchers slaughter livestock using stunning devices and knives; skin, clean and trim carcasses; remove viscera and other inedible parts from carcasses; split carcasses into smaller portions to facilitate handling; and may slaughter cattle, calves and sheep as prescribed by religious laws.
- Industrial meat cutters cut beef, lamb, pork or veal carcasses or sides or quarters of carcasses into primal cuts for further cutting, processing or packaging; remove bones from meat; and cut meat and poultry into specific cuts for institutional, commercial or other wholesale use.
- Poultry preparers slaughter poultry and remove inedible parts; remove feathers and singe and wash poultry to prepare for further processing or packaging.
- Trimmers remove skin, excess fat, bruises or other blemishes from carcasses or meat portions.
Outlook & Prospects for Industrial Butchers and Meat Cutters, Poultry Preparers and Related Workers in Bas-Saint-Laurent Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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For the 2012-2014 period, job opportunities in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region are expected to be limited for this occupation.
Despite major annual fluctuations, the number of industrial butchers increased sharply in the past decade years because of strong growth in the meat products manufacturing industry, in particular, the pork processing and slaughtering industry. However, since 2008, the number of workers has been on the decline as a result of the closure of some slaughter houses. Over the next three years, employment in this occupational group is expected to remain stable, given that little movement is expected in the pork slaughtering and processing industry.
According to census data for Bas-Saint-Laurent, 96% of industrial butchers held jobs in food manufacturing.
Moreover, few opportunities will stem from retirements, because the labour pool is young: 47% of workers are under the age of 30. There is a high turnover rate in this young workforce, which will generate a large number of openings.
Job openings will be available to the few unemployed industrial butchers, to other unemployed workers wanting to work in this occupation, and to meat processing workers.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Jun 03 – Jun 07, 2013
- Following $5M construction work, Lepage Millwork is expected to create 50 medium-term jobs in Rivière-du-Loup (available in French only)
Week of May 27 – May 31, 2013
- Target is looking for at least 150 employees for its new store in Rimouski. Renovation work at the future store, at a cost estimated between $10M and $12M, is ongoing at Carrefour Rimouski. (available in French only)
- The Yuzu Sushi franchise will open its doors in July in Rivière-du-Loup and up to 10 jobs will be created (available in French only)
Week of May 20 – May 24, 2013
- It will take four years and $12M to renovate the residences at the Cégep de Rimouski (available in French only)
Week of May 13 – May 17, 2013
- As part of the 2013 federal Summer Work/Student Exchange program, 164 jobs will be offered in the Rimouski-Neigette-Témiscouata-Les Basques riding (available in French only)
- Following cutbacks at the Rimouski-Neigette health and social services centre, 30 positions will be cut and 12 vacant positions will not be filled (available in French only)
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