|Quick Facts: Slaughterers and Meat Packers|
|2010 Median Pay||
$23,380 per year
$11.24 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Less than high school|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||89,100|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||8% (Slower than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||7,400|
Slaughterers and meat packers kill and clean animals, divide carcasses into manageable sections, and grind or otherwise prepare and pack products, such as boxed beef, for shipping to distribution centers.
The slaughtering floors of most processing facilities are rarely climate controlled and may become very hot during the summer and very cold during the winter. Slaughterers and meat packers have to stand for the majority, if not all, of their shift.
Slaughterers and meat packers do not need formal education. They get on-the-job training.
The median annual wage of slaughterers and meat packers was $23,380 in May 2010.
Employment of slaughterers and meat packers is expected to increase by 8 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Population growth and international trade will increase demand for these workers.
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