Seafood Clerk Job Description

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Seafood clerks prepare fish and seafood for general purchase by cutting, cleaning and trimming down large fish and seafood carcasses. Seafood clerks handle customer service issues and often make recommendations for which fish or seafood products to purchase at the counter. Seafood clerks may also prepare pre-made seafood dishes by cutting, filleting and seasoning the meal for immediate cooking.

Education/Training

  • Most grocery stores do not have stringent education requirements. Many require that their meat clerks possess a high school diploma, GED or equivalent degree. This is certainly not always the case. Some grocery stores do not require any secondary education. Seafood clerks are trained in the proper sanitation and preparation practices for cutting, handling and preparing seafood. Some states require all grocery employees who handle and prepare meet to pass state certification exams.

Skills

  • Seafood clerks need to have a working knowledge of seafood preparation and cuisine. This requires a high attention to detail and quality. They also need to be able to display seafood in a way that attracts passing customers. Additionally, seafood clerks deal with customers all day long, which requires excellent social skills.

Work Environment

  • Seafood clerks are on their feet eight hours a day cutting, filleting and preparing seafood for purchase by customers. The seafood department is often fast-paced and stressful when there is a high volume of customers. Grocery stores become extremely busy during the Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter holiday seasons, which may require that the seafood clerk works a significant amount of overtime. This requires a high level of endurance on the part of the seafood clerk.

Compensation

  • According PayScale.com the average grocery meat clerk makes anywhere from $22,000 to $36,000 annually.

Employment Outlook

  • Grocery worker positions are expected to see very little or no growth through 2018, according to a recent study conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, grocery and meat clerk positions are expected to remain consistently available due to the high employee turnover rate in the grocery industry.

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