The animal slaughtering and processing industry employs a half-a-million workers in more than 7,000 facilities in all 50 states, Washington D.C. and four U.S. territories. Of those 505,000 employees, 38 percent are classified by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as “butchers and other meat, poultry, and fish processing workers.”
These are the people on the floor, taking live animals and turning them into the record amount of meat Americans are expected to consume in 2018. The USDA estimates more than 200 lbs. of read meat and poultry will be consumed per person in 2018. While these jobs are available across the country, the largest employers operate facilities with thousands of employees in rural areas, what the BLS refers to as “nonmetropolitan areas.”
Map: The biggest meat processing facilities.