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Hazardous Waste Management Technicians
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 37,440 hazardous materials removal workers (including technicians) employed in the United States.