Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – NOC 6331

How many people work in this occupation in PR?                           

85 people work as Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers in PR.  The unemployment rate is unavailable.


How many employers are there in PR?

1009 businesses operate in the Retail and Wholesale Trade sector in PR.  41.4% of businesses in retail or owned and operated by an individual with no employees.  60.8% have fewer than five employees.  The largest retailer employs 200 to 499 people.  In Wholesale, 41.0% of businesses are owner-operated and 66.1% have five employees or fewer.  The largest employer in Wholesale also employs 200 to 499 people.


What is the age of the workforce?

This occupation is impacted by an aging workforce.

70.6% of the workforce is age 45 and older.

17.6% of the workforce is over age 55.


What education is required to do this job?

29.4% of the workforce does not have a secondary school diploma.

23.5% of the workforce has a secondary school diploma only.

47.1% of the workforce has an Apprenticeship or Trade Certificate of diploma.


What do people in this occupation earn?*

The median income for Butchers, Meat Cutters or Fishmongers in PR is $40,519.00 per year.


What else should I know?

  • The industry is comprised primarily of small businesses. 60% of businesses operating in the Retail and Wholesale Sector businesses employ four people or less.
  • Employment Outlook for Butchers in the Ottawa Economic Region is good. Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers can have higher rates of staff turnover as this field has few barriers to entry and can yield relatively low wages. As a result, individuals may enter this position on a temporary basis as they seek alternate careers. In addition, this occupation has a fairly young age profile with one-quarter of all butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers between the ages of 15 and 29 years old. Employment growth in this field is sensitive to consumer spending and shifts in buying practices. Over the past few years, consumers are spending more on restaurant meals and on the sale of pre-cooked and prepared meats. These factors may hamper employment growth as fewer butcher services are needed in retail and wholesale establishments. Also, as meat processing plants expand and use greater automated systems, some of the job duties may shift from butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers to those in food processing plants. On the other hand, a preference towards specialty cuts and superior quality could help support the need for these workers in the retail and wholesale environment.**
  • This job may require working outside of standard business hours therefore those with a flexible schedule will have better opportunities. Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers with several years of industry experience and knowledge of various cutting techniques will have a more favourable outlook. Although trade certification is voluntary in this profession, it may help improve job prospects.
  • For more information directly from local employers about this occupation, click on “Wholesale and Retail”.


* Median income means that 50% of the people in the occupation earn less and 50% earn more.  It is a more accurate measure of typical income than using an average.


Source:  Census and National Household Survey 2011 and Canadian Business Counts Data 2014, Statistics Canada