Asbestos Abatement Technicians

Worker Removes Asbestos

Asbestos abatement technicians, also known as asbestos removal technicians, assist with the removal of asbestos-containing materials from buildings (or coat and seal asbestos to eliminate exposure). Asbestos, now recognized as a hazardous material when released into the air, was once widely used in wall insulation, paint, pipes, ceiling tiles, and other building materials because of its fire-retardant properties. There are approximately 44,280 hazardous materials removal workers in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Asbestos Removal Technicians
Duties Remove asbestos-containing materials from buildings or coat and seal them to eliminate exposure
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Physical Education
  • Technical/Shop
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Building/Trades
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Asbestos Abatement Contractor or Asbestos Building Inspector
  • Asbestos Abatement Technician
  • Journeymen
  • Apprentice

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