What career options are available in the meat retailing sector?
The meat retailing sector provides career opportunities in independent butcher shops, supermarket butchers, meat departments, abattoirs and wholesalers. There are approximately 24,000 employees in Australia and around 1,000 new apprentice butchers each year.
As a meat retailer you are trained in selecting, cutting, trimming, preparing and then displaying meat for sale. Butchers are equally dedicated to reducing customers' preparation time by 'value adding' to our meats. When training in meat retailing you will learn about hygiene and sanitation practices, communicating in the workplace, how to sharpen knives, identify species and meat cuts, trimming, plus much more.
Meat retailing can be a career, not just a job
With training and experience you could progress from shop assistant to managing director of your own business.