How to become a Meat Processing Worker

Meat processing workers perform a wide range of tasks, including handling, slaughtering and processing livestock, operating processing and rendering equipment, dispatching products, and keeping records.

Personal requirements of a Meat Processing Worker

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Able to work safely

Education & Training for a Meat Processing Worker

You can work as a meat processing worker without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. You can also become a meat processing worker through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 0%

NSW 39.3%

NT 0.2%

QLD 34.8%

SA 2%

TAS 4.7%

VIC 8%

WA 11.1%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 92.7%

Female 7.3%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 56.4%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 27.7%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 16%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 57.7%

Above 35 years: 42.2%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Australian Meat Industry Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.
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