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Employment: Food-Processing Occupations




Food-processing workers held 757,000 jobs in 2002. Employment among the various types of food-processing occupations was distributed as follows:

Bakers 173,000
Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers 154,000
Butchers and meat cutters 132,000
Slaughterers and meat packers 128,000
Food batchmakers 74,000
Food cooking machine operators and tenders 34,000
Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders 19,000
All other food processing workers 42,000

About 36 percent of all food-processing workers were employed in animal slaughtering and processing plants. Another 21 percent were employed at grocery stores. Most of the remainder worked in food manufacturing. Butchers, meatcutters, and bakers are employed in almost every city and town in the Nation, while most other food-processing jobs are concentrated in communities with food- processing plants.