Did you know that Canada is one of the world’s largest beef exporters? Canada is a big country with millions of acres of wide-open grass lands which help to contribute to the success of Canada’s meat industry. This shows because in Canada the average beef cow herd size is 69. Ultimately leading to higher quality meat and better treated animals.
Even with these smaller herds Canada’s meat industry is still thriving. Where is the proof you might ask? Well, all these facts come from a report from Canadian Beef, an independent national organization representing the marketing and promotion of the Canadian cattle and beef industry worldwide.
Now that you understand the beef industry is big. Why should YOU choose a job in this industry?
The meat industry is vast and depending on your skill set and education there is something for you. If you are seeking an entry-level position than a good start is a meat cutter, packager or a sausage maker. Most places provide you with on the job training allowing you to enter the industry without even an education. Over time as your skills develop you can become a master butcher or lead hand. In contrast, if factory work isn’t your style then other occupations include skilled trades such as Millwright or Industrial Electrician or office staff are also needed like Administrators or HR Managers. There are so many options, you just need to decide what you want to do!
There is perhaps nothing more important to an employee than benefits than healthcare. If you work in the meat industry there are many employers that have you covered. 45% of the meat processing plants offered extended health and drug plans based on the findings of the meat workforce survey. In addition to healthcare the largest facilities (201 < people) have pension plans and all sized locations have paid days or leaves. Finally, the hourly wages are also quite decent as well. You can see that below!
According to a recent survey by Food Processing Skills Canada over (55%) of Canada’s meat processors reported not being able to fill positions. Quebec and BC reported the greatest challenges among mid to large sized processors. Other key notes are that meat processors also reported an average vacancy rate of 12.4% – the equivalent 7,300 vacant positions across Canada.
There are a lot of options available for someone interested in working in the meat industry. These are just a few examples in the vast number of possible jobs.
Interested to Learn More? Check out these industry resources.