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Hazardous Waste Management Technologist

Hazardous waste management technologists:

  • provide information and advice on the packaging, handling and disposal of toxic wastes
  • conduct inspections and waste audits
  • investigate environmental incidents
  • monitor and control the cleanup of contaminated land, water and air.

Also Known As

Environmental Technician/Technologist, Laboratory Technician/Technologist, Waste Management Specialist

Regulated Occupation

Employment and Advancement

Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Hazardous waste management technologists are employed by the following types of organizations:

  • municipal water and wastewater treatment facilities
  • regional solid waste management facilities
  • public works departments
  • health care facilities
  • laboratories
  • municipal engineering firms
  • waste management companies, brokers and recyclers
  • government environmental regulatory services
  • pulp and paper processing companies
  • oil and gas exploration companies and contractors
  • petrochemical companies
  • environmental contracting and consulting firms
  • companies in other industries that generate hazardous waste, including: manufacturing, mining and transportation.

Some employers may require applicants to have a clean driving record.

Hazardous waste management technologists employed in larger organizations may advance to supervisory positions. Obtaining a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in science or environmental engineering usually is required to move into management, consulting or professional roles such as hazardous materials engineer, recycling manager or environmental auditor.

Hazardous waste management technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2263: Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety. In Alberta, 85% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook (PDF) in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 9,400 Albertans are employed in the Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.0% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 94 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As hazardous waste management technologists form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for hazardous waste management technologists.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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