Meat Boners and Slicers, and Slaughterers trim and cut meat from bones, sides and carcasses, and slaughter livestock in abattoirs.

    You can work as a Meat Boner and Slicer, or Slaughterer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in meat processing might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • operating switching controls to direct and drop carcasses and meat cuts from supply rails to boning tables
    • cutting meat to separate meat, fat and tissue from around bones
    • washing, scraping and trimming foreign material and blood from meat
    • cutting sides and quarters of meat into standard meat cuts, such as rumps, flanks and shoulders, and removing internal fat, blood clots, bruises and other matter to prepare them for packing and marketing
    • operating restrainer and stunning equipment
    • severing jugular veins of stunned animals to drain blood and facilitate dressing
    • trimming and removing head meat and severing animal heads
    • slitting open, eviscerating and trimming animal carcasses
    • may slaughter livestock according to procedures required by religious customs

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    • $1,202 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment
    • 7,100 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 74% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 40 hours Average full-time
    • 34 years Average age
    • 12% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Meat Boners and Slicers, and Slaughterers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 7,100 in 2018 to 7,100 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 5,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,000 a year).

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
    • Location: Meat Boners and Slicers, and Slaughterers work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Wholesale Trade; and Retail Trade.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,202 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (74%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 34 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 12% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200813500
    200913400
    201013200
    201110200
    201210800
    20139000
    20149800
    201511600
    201611300
    201712700
    20187100
    20237100

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsMeat Boners and Slicers, and SlaughterersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings12021460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Manufacturing81.9
    Wholesale Trade9.5
    Retail Trade3.9
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3.3
    Other Industries1.4

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateMeat Boners and Slicers, and SlaughterersAll Jobs Average
    NSW23.931.6
    VIC20.125.6
    QLD34.620.0
    SA9.77.0
    WA8.410.8
    TAS2.82.0
    NT0.41.0
    ACT0.11.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketMeat Boners and Slicers, and SlaughterersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-193.6-5.05.0
    20-2415.8-9.39.3
    25-3432.5-22.922.9
    35-4425.2-22.022.0
    45-5414.9-21.621.6
    55-594.5-9.09.0
    60-642.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over0.9-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationMeat Boners and Slicers, and SlaughterersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree5.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV24.6-21.121.1
    Year 1225.7-18.118.1
    Year 118.2-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below33.3-12.512.5

    You can work as a Meat Boner and Slicer, or Slaughterer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in meat processing might be helpful.

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Australian Meat Processing VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

    The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

    Employers look for Meat Boners and Slicers, and Slaughterers who are reliable, hardworking and can work well in a team.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Production and processing

      61% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

    2. Customer and personal service

      51% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    3. Food production

      46% Skill level

      Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

    4. Mechanical

      40% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    5. Mathematics

      34% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    Occupational Information Network
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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-3022.00 - Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Spend time standing

      97% Important

      Spend time standing at work.

    2. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

      89% Important

      Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

    3. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      87% Important

      Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

    4. Physically close to people

      86% Important

      Work physically close to other people.

    5. Contact with people

      79% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-3022.00 - Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers.

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