Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 47-4041 Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
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.
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Build containment areas prior to beginning abatement or decontamination work. Remove asbestos or lead from surfaces, using hand or power tools such as scrapers, vacuums, or high-pressure sprayers. Identify asbestos, lead, or other hazardous materials to be removed, using monitoring devices. Prepare hazardous material for removal or storage. Comply with prescribed safety procedures or federal laws regulating waste disposal methods. Load or unload materials into containers or onto trucks, using hoists or forklifts. Clean contaminated equipment or areas for re-use, using detergents or solvents, sandblasters, filter pumps, or steam cleaners. 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. Operate machines or equipment to remove, package, store, or transport loads of waste materials.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $13.91   Entry $28,925.00
Mean $21.54   Mean $44,805.00
Experience $25.36 Experience $52,745.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
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47-4041.00 Hazardous Materials Removal Workers