Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers - retail and wholesale (NOC 6331)

Occupation targeted by the Workplace Apprenticeship Program

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Job titles

  • apprentice butcher - retail or wholesale
  • butcher - butcher shop
  • butcher - delicatessen
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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 included in this group.

Fields of interest

  • Working in sales and customer service
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers in this unit group 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.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary 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.
  • * Trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Quebec and British Columbia.

Skill type

  • Sales and service occupations

Skill level

  • Technical