What Hazardous Materials Workers Do
Hazardous materials (hazmat) removal workers identify and dispose of asbestos, radioactive and nuclear waste, arsenic, lead and other hazardous materials. They also neutralize and clean up materials that are flammable, corrosive, reactive or toxic.
Working conditions for hazmat removal workers differ depending on the material they are handling. Some 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.
How to become a Hazardous Materials Removal Worker
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 workers need a license.
The median annual wage for hazardous materials removal workers was $37,590 in May 2012.
Employment of hazmat removal workers is projected to grow 14% from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Most job openings will stem from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation each year.
To view this entire report go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Report.