Butchers, Meat Cutters and Fishmongers in Retail and Wholesale

(NOC 6331)

in All Sales and Service

Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers, retail and wholesale, prepare standard cuts of meat, poultry, fish and shellfish for sale in retail or wholesale food establishments. They are employed in supermarkets, grocery stores, butcher shops and fish stores or may be self-employed. Butchers who are supervisors or heads of departments are also included in this group.

Job Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 75 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Sales and Service

  • Estimate Decline slightly employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 5260 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. However, competition for positions may be low due to few qualified jobseekers. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Butchers, Meat Cutters and Fishmongers in Retail and Wholesale most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

The median employment income for 62% of Butchers, Meat Cutters and Fishmongers in Retail and Wholesale who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $32,277. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$11.55

Minimum

$12.05

Median

$17.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$8,700

Minimum

$24,807

Median

$37,013

Maximum

Compared to: All Sales and Service

Hourly Pay

$11.55

Minimum

$12.50

Median

$21.17

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,949

Minimum

$16,629

Median

$45,086

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers, retail and wholesale, prepare standard cuts of meat, poultry, fish and shellfish for sale in retail or wholesale food establishments. They are employed in supermarkets, grocery stores, butcher shops and fish stores or may be self-employed. Butchers who are supervisors or heads of departments are also included in this group.

Job duties

Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Cut, trim, and otherwise prepare standard cuts of meat, poultry, fish and shellfish for sale at self-serve counters or according to customers' orders.
  • Grind meats and slice cooked meats using powered grinders and slicing machines.
  • Prepare special displays of meat, poultry, fish and shellfish.
  • Shape, lace and tie roasts and other meats, poultry or fish and may wrap prepared meats, poultry, fish and shellfish.
  • Manage inventory, keep records of sales and determine amount, product line and freshness of products according to company and customer requirements.
  • Ensure food storage conditions are adequate.
  • May supervise other butchers, or meat cutters or fishmongers.

Sample job titles

  • apprentice butcher - retail or wholesale
  • butcher - butcher shop
  • butcher - wholesale
  • grocery store butcher
  • head butcher - retail or wholesale
  • retail butcher
  • retail meat cutter

Skills

To be a butcher you must have good physical health, physical stamina, and manual dexterity. You must be able to take direction and carry out instructions. You may be required to work shift work and establish good working relationships with a variety of co-workers and customers.

Job requirements

  • Completion of high school may be required.
  • Completion of a college or other meat-and-fish-cutting training program, or a three-year meat cutting apprenticeship may be required.
  • On-the-job training in food stores is usually provided for retail butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers.

Other considerations

None

By the numbers

Quick look

360

employed in 2016

79.2%

employed full-time

2.8%

self employed

10.6%
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89.4%
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40.8

median age

Compared to: All Sales and Service

102,605

employed in 2016

59.4%

employed full-time

6.2%

self employed

60.1%
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39.9%
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37

median age

Where will I likely work?

37.6%

Halifax

24.7%

Annapolis Valley

17.6%

Northern

12.9%

Cape Breton

9.4%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

86.5%

Retail Trade

4.1%

Agriculture

4.1%

Wholesale Trade

2.7%

Accommodation and Food Services

2.7%

Food and Beverage Product Manufacturing

What is the age of Employment?

29.0%

45-54

27.4%

55-64

16.1%

35-44

9.7%

25-34

9.7%

15-24

8.1%

65+

Compared to: All Sales and Service

35.7%

25-34

28.6%

35-44

21.4%

55-64

Top levels of education

41.3%

High school

$18,285 median annual income
25.0%

Less than high school

$18,461 median annual income
20.0%

Trades certificate

$23,971 median annual income
12.5%

College certificate or diploma

$20,704 median annual income

Compared to: All Sales and Service

40.4%

High school

$12,982 median annual income
19.9%

College certificate or diploma

$19,514 median annual income
18.8%

Less than high school

$9,486 median annual income
10.0%

Bachelor's degree

$20,807 median annual income
8.0%

Trades certificate

$18,797 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Meat cutting/meat cutter

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to receive, cut, and package animal meat products in commercial establishments and to function as licensed meat cutters/butchers. These programs include courses in product recognition for beef, veal, lamb, pork, poultry, and fancy and smoked meats; retail and wholesale cutting and specialty cuts; packaging and counter display; shop safety; meat sanitation, storage and rotation; quality control; meat handling laws and regulations; and customer service.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Pork Nova Scotia
60 Research Drive
Bible Hill, NS B6L 2R2
Tel: (902) 893-7455
Fax: (902) 893-7063

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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