Hazardous Waste Management Specialists

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The title hazardous waste management specialist encompasses a group of people who do one or more of the following: identify hazardous waste, ensure safe handling and disposal, and work to reduce the generation of hazardous waste. Because their duties vary so widely, hazardous waste management specialists may work for a number of different employers, from producers of hazardous waste such as industry, hospitals, and utilities to government agencies who monitor these producers. They may also work for the solid waste or public health departments of local governments. There are about 42,560 hazardous materials removal workers (including specialists) employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Hazardous Waste Management Engineers
Duties Identify hazardous waste, ensure safe handling and disposal, and work to reduce generation of hazardous waste
Salary Range $75,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
Experience Internship, part-time, or volunteer experience
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Realistic
  • Technical
  • Business Management
  • Organizational
  • Sales
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Project Manager or Consultant
  • Hazardous Waste Management Specialist
  • Hazardous Waste Management Technician