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Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
(SOC Code : 47-4041)
in California

Identify, remove, pack, transport, or dispose of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead-based paint, waste oil, fuel, transmission fluid, radioactive materials, contaminated soil, etc. Specialized training and certification in hazardous materials handling or a confined entry permit are generally required. May operate earth-moving equipment or trucks.

Employers usually expect an employee in this occupation to be able to do the job after Moderate-term on-the-job training (1-12 months) .

Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
California 20171st Qtr$21.98$16.52$19.84$24.94

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
EstimatedProjectedNumberPercent
California 2014 - 20244,7005,60090019.1190

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Possible Licenses Required and Issuing Authority[Top]
License Title
License Authority
Hazardous Substance Removal and Remedial Actions CertificationDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Contractors State License Board
License Information Center
http://www.cslb.ca.gov
Asbestos AbatementDepartment of Consumer Affairs
Contractors State License Board
License Information Center
http://www.cslb.ca.gov

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Waste Management and Remediation Service2,82090.8%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Hazardous Materials Management & Waste Technology/Technician

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About This Occupation (from O*NET - The Occupation Information Network)[Top]
Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Sort specialized hazardous waste at landfills or disposal centers, following proper disposal procedures.
Identify or separate waste products or materials for recycling or reuse.
Remove or limit contamination following emergencies involving hazardous substances.
Clean mold-contaminated sites by removing damaged porous materials or thoroughly cleaning all contaminated nonporous materials.
Process e-waste, such as computer components containing lead or mercury.
Apply bioremediation techniques to hazardous wastes to allow naturally occurring bacteria to break down toxic substances.
Comply with prescribed safety procedures or federal laws regulating waste disposal methods.
Build containment areas prior to beginning abatement or decontamination work.
Record numbers of containers stored at disposal sites, specifying amounts or types of equipment or waste disposed.
Prepare hazardous material for removal or storage.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others` actions.
Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others` reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Time Management - Managing one`s own time and the time of others.

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Top Abilities (Attributes of the person that influence performance in this job.)
Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

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Alternate Titles
Hazardous Waste Removers; Hazard Waste Handlers; HazMat Workers; Remediation Workers
 
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