Skin sections of animals or whole animals.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$17,000 – $31,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Skinners do?

Skins sections of animals or whole animals, such as cattle, sheep, and hogs, performing any combination of following tasks as member of a crew: Slits skin on head of carcass, and pulls and cuts connective tissue until head and neck are exposed, using knife. Severs head from carcass of animal, using knife and cleaver and places it on racks for inspection. Trims meat or fat from head skins. Slits remaining hide on carcass from breastbone to crotch. Pulls, cuts, and forces hand between hide and carcass to break connective tissue and separate it from neck, sides, shoulders, flanks, back, and tail of suspended carcass. Breaks and severs legs at knee joint, and removes such parts as dew claws, bungs, tails, and genital organs. Raises cattle from floor, using hoist, and pulls hide off carcass by hand or using pinchers. Severs and exposes gullet and windpipe on small stock, using knife, and ties gullet to prevent leakage of fluid when viscera is removed. Slits womb of cattle with knife to remove slunk. Shackles neck of slunk and pulls off skin, using winch. May saw brisket bone on cattle. May skin pork, using drawknife. May be designated according to kind of animal or portion of carcass skinned as Backer; Calf Skinner; Cattle Header; Slunk Skinner. May be designated: Cattle Dropper And Pritcher; Leg Skinner; Shoulder Puncher; Small-Stock Facer.

Should I be a Skinner?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Animal Skinner, Bacon Skinner, Beef Skinner, Calf Skinner, Gizzard-Skin Remover, Ham Sawyer, Hog Sawyer, Hog Scalder See More

    How to become a Skinner

    Most Skinners have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9aaaaa&chl=no+college+%28100%25%29|||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,100,100
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