63201 – Butchers - retail and wholesale



63201 – Butchers - retail and wholesale
Butchers prepare standard and specialty 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 unit group. Apprentices are also included in this unit group

Index of titles
Apprentice butcher - retail or wholesale
Butcher - butcher shop
Butcher - delicatessen
Butcher - retail or wholesale
Butcher - wholesale
Butcher assistant - retail or wholesale
Grocery store butcher
Head butcher - retail
Head butcher - retail or wholesale
Head butcher - wholesale
Retail butcher
Supermarket butcher


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Cut, trim, bone and otherwise prepare custom and/or standard cuts of meat, poultry, fish and shellfish for sale at self-serve counters or according to customers' orders
Prepare meat for special displays and/or delivery
Shape, lace and tie roasts and other meats, poultry or fish and may wrap or package fresh or frozen or prepared meats
Manage inventory, keep records of sales and determine amount, product line and freshness of products according to company and customer requirements
Adhere to Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and food safety standards
Ensure food storage conditions are adequate
May supervise, direct work or train other butchers, meat cutters or fishmongers.


Employment requirements
Completion of secondary school may be required.
Completion of a college or other butchery training program may be required.
Several years of on-the-job training in food stores is usually required for retail butchers.


Additional information
Progression from Industrial Butcher positions and Industrial Meat Cutter positions to these higher skilled jobs is possible with experience and specialized on the job training in supermarkets, grocery stores, fish stores, butcher shops.


Fish cutter - fish processing (in 94142 Fish and seafood plant workers)
Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers (94141)
Meat department manager - retail (in 60020 Retail and wholesale trade managers)
Seafood sales clerk (in 64100 Retail salespersons and visual merchandisers)
Meat cutter - retail or wholesale (in 65202 Meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale)




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