Hazardous Waste Management Technicians

Techs Clean Up Hazardous Waste Spill

Hazardous waste management technicians are part of a team that identifies hazardous waste sites and remediates, or cleans up, any waste present. In many cases, they assist hazardous waste management specialists, who are more highly educated and tend to work on long-term planning and strategy. Technicians do on-site work like taking samples of contaminated soil or water; some work on emergency response teams that handle sites immediately after accidents involving hazardous waste. These technicians also do a lot of laboratory work, testing the samples they have taken and compiling and analyzing the results. There are about 42,560 hazardous materials removal workers (including technicians) employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Asbestos Abatement Technicians, Asbestos Removal Technicians, Decommissioning and Decontamination Workers, Emergency and Disaster Response Workers; Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Workers
Duties Collect and test samples of soil or water that are believed to be contaminated; identify hazardous waste sites and clean up any waste present
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
Experience Internship; two years' related work experience required for some nuclear facilities
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
  • Project Manager or Consultant
  • Hazardous Waste Management Specialist or Incident Commander
  • Hazardous Waste Management Technician