Butchers and smallgoods makers prepare meat for sale, and select and prepare meat to produce smallgoods.

Where butchers and smallgoods makers are employed

Most butchers work in retail businesses or supermarkets, while some are self-employed. Butchers also work in wholesale and export businesses where they prepare meat for local consumption or export. Qualified butchers may have the opportunity to become involved in other areas of the hospitality and food industries, such as meat and meat products inspection, export and associated services.


Full-time butchers and smallgoods makers in South Australia generally earn between $600 and $799 per week.

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Job prospects

In 2011 there were 1,256 people employed full-time as butchers and smallgoods makers in South Australia, compared with 1,199 in 2006.

How to become one

To become a butcher you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in meat processing (meat retailing or retail butcher). Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require year 10.

For more information see apprenticeships.  Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

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