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

Quick Facts
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
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • Associate's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
Experience Internship; two years' related work experience required for some nuclear facilities
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Project Manager or Consultant
  • Hazardous Waste Management Specialist or Incident Commander
  • Hazardous Waste Management Technician

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