Hazardous Waste Management Specialists

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 a 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 40,290 hazardous materials removal workers (including specialists) employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Identify hazardous waste, ensure safe handling and disposal, and work to reduce generation of hazardous waste
Alternate Title(s) Hazardous Waste Management Engineers
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
Experience Internship, part-time, or volunteer experience
  • Business Management
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Realistic
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Project Manager or Consultant
  • Hazardous Waste Management Specialist
  • Hazardous Waste Management Technician

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