Butchers, Meat Cutters and Fishmongers in Retail and Wholesale

(NOC 6331)

in All Sales and Service

Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers in retail and wholesale, prepare standard cuts of meat, poultry, fish, and shellfish for sale in retail or wholesale food businesses. They work for 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

Average

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  • Estimate Decline employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 45 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Sales and Service

  • Estimate -505 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 6125 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline moderately over the next few years, which will likely limit the number of new opportunities available. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Butchers, Meat Cutters, and Fishmongers - Retail and Wholesale most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 56% of Butchers, Meat Cutters, and Fishmongers - 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

$12.95

Minimum

$14.50

Median

$19.82

Maximum

Annual Pay

$8,700

Minimum

$24,807

Median

$37,013

Maximum

Compared to: All Sales and Service

Hourly Pay

$12.55

Minimum

$18.36

Median

$22.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,949

Minimum

$16,629

Median

$45,086

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers in retail and wholesale, prepare standard cuts of meat, poultry, fish, and shellfish for sale in retail or wholesale food businesses. They work for 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:

  • 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.
  • Make sure food storage conditions are acceptable.
  • 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

  • High school may be required.
  • 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

Most of these workers work shifts. They are on their feet most of the day and work with a variety of equipment like knives and saws.

By the numbers

Quick look

425

employed in 2016

74.1%

employed full-time

0.0%

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

56.4%

employed full-time

5.8%

self employed

60.1%
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39.9%
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37

median age

Where will I likely work?

36.8%

Halifax

24.1%

Annapolis Valley

17.2%

North Shore

12.6%

Cape Breton

9.2%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

86.5%

Retail trade

4.1%

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

4.1%

Wholesale trade

2.7%

Manufacturing

2.7%

Accommodation and food services

What is the age of Employment?

27.0%

25-34

19.0%

45-54

17.0%

15-24

17.0%

55-64

13.0%

35-44

7.0%

65+

Compared to: All Sales and Service

30.0%

15-24

17.2%

45-54

17.2%

25-34

16.1%

55-64

13.8%

35-44

Top levels of education

40.7%

High school

$23,417 median annual income
27.9%

Less than high school

$25,011 median annual income
19.8%

Trade Certification

$32,026 median annual income
11.6%

College Diploma

$31,934 median annual income

Compared to: All Sales and Service

39.8%

High school

$15,705 median annual income
19.7%

Less than high school

$9,866 median annual income
19.5%

College Diploma

$20,644 median annual income
9.9%

Bachelor

$21,262 median annual income
8.0%

Trade Certification

$21,234 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

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

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Pork Nova Scotia
East Mountain, NS

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.