|Quick Facts: Hazardous Materials Removal Workers|
$41,400 per year
$19.91 per hour
|High school diploma or equivalent|
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|17% (Much faster than average)|
Hazardous materials (hazmat) removal workers identify and dispose of asbestos, lead, radioactive waste, and other hazardous materials. They also neutralize and clean up materials that are flammable, corrosive, or toxic.
Work environments for hazmat removal workers vary with the material they are handling. Some of these workers must wear protective suits for several hours at a time. Completing projects often requires night and weekend work. Overtime is common, particularly for emergency or disaster response workers.
Hazmat removal workers need a high school diploma and are trained on the job. Most workers complete up to 40 hours of training in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. Some hazmat removal workers need a state license or permit.
The median annual wage for hazardous materials removal workers was $41,400 in May 2017.
Employment of hazmat removal workers is projected to grow 17 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Job openings will stem from the projected employment growth and the need to replace workers who leave the occupation each year.
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