Hazardous Materials Removal Workers (47-4041)

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

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 498490 -1.60 1111
United States 43,70047,000 7.4330 9701,300

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 21.8812.8015.50 19.5427.0235.66
Alaska 30.1920.2022.48 27.6639.5145.60
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 24.5319.9421.41 23.8627.8130.35
Balance of State 40.4031.7438.72 42.3646.0148.20

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
753142 18.925.9 17.6
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation129
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation52
UI claimants previously working in occupation169
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 292
Number of job position postings 10
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 29.2

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry
Hazwoper Refresher
OSHA 24-Hour Hazwoper Training Course

 Degree
Alaska Petroleum Academy   (Kenai)
Confined Space Entry
Confined Space Rescue
Cook Inlet Training Standards/24 Hour Hazwoper
Cook Inlet Training Standards/Hazwoper Refresher
Hazwoper 24 Hour
Hazwoper Certificate Bridge 40 Hour
Hazwoper Refresher

 Degree
Alaska Teamster-Employer Service Training Trust   (Anchorage)
Hazardous Material Transportation Specialist
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response: First Responder
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response: HAZWOPER
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response: Refresher
Transportation Awareness; 49 CFR 172.704

 Degree
Alaska West Training Center   (Fairbanks)
Hazardous Materials Technician Annual Refresher - ER03
Hazardous Materials Transportation Basic - HMT02
Hazardous Materials Transportation by Air Basic - HMT04
Hazardous Materials Transportation by Air Recurring - HMT05
Hazardous Materials Transportation General Awareness - HMT01
Hazardous Materials Transportation Infectious Substance - HMT10
Hazardous Materials Transportation Recurring - HMT03
Hazardous Materials Transportation Waste - HMT08
Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response Annual Refresher - HW04
Hazardous Waste Operations & Hazardous Materials Technician - ER02
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response - HW02
Hazardous Waste Operations Occasional Site Worker - HW01
Hazardous Waste Operations Supervisor - HW03
Highway Emergency Operations - ER07
Highway Specialist - ER04
On-Scene Incident Commander - ER09
OSHA2 - OSHA (2-day)
OSHA4 - OSHA (4-day)
Permit Required Confined Space Entry - S01
Permit Required Confined Space Entry and Fire Watch - S01a
Permit Required Confined Space Rescue - S02
Petroleum Technician - ER06
Railroad Specialist - ER05
Transportation Specialist - ER10

 Degree
Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry (OSHA and NSTC Offered)
Confined Space Rescue (OSHA)
Cook Inlet Training Standards & Industrial Safety (CITS) Certificate
Hazard Communication (HAZCOM)
Hazwoper-Site Worker (24 Hour)
Hazwoper-Site Worker (40 Hour) Certificate
Hazwoper-Site Worker (8 Hour)
Respiratory Protection (NSTC and OSHA Offered)

 Degree
Center for Employment Education   (Anchorage)
Hazardous Materials Transportation Specialist
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response First-Responder
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Refresher
Transportation Awareness, 49 CFR 172.704

 Degree
Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
Asbestos Abatement Certification Certificate
Asbestos Abatement Renewal Certificate
Asbestos Air Monitoring Certificate
Confined Space Procedures Certificate
EPA/AHERA Inspector Certificate
EPA/AHERA Inspector Refresher Certificate
EPA/AHERA Management Planner Certificate
EPA/AHERA Management Planner Refresher Certificate
EPA/AHERA Project Design Refresher Certificate
EPA/Health and Safety Certificate
EPA/Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Certificate
Hazardous Materials Transportation 12 Hours Certificate
Hazardous Materials Transportation 24 Hours Certificate
Hazardous Materials Transportation Refresher (IATA)
Hazardous Materials Transportation Refresher (IMDG) Certificate
Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response (24 Hour) Certificate
Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response Initial (40 Hour) Certificate
Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response Refresher Certificate
HAZWOPER Supervisor Certificate
RCRA Initial 24 Hours

 Degree
Kindred Spirits School of Massage   (Fairbanks)
ANMA Advanced Practioner
ANMA Basic Practioner
ANMA Japanese Hot Stone Massage
ANMA Practitioner
ANMA Professional Massage
Myofascial Ball Alignment Massage

 Degree
Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Hazwoper 24 Hour / 029
Hazwoper 40 Hour - General Site Worker / 028
Hazwoper Operations Level 8 Hour / 033
Hazwoper Refresher 8 Hour / 035

 Degree
Satori Group Inc   (Anchorage)
AHERA Building Inspector Initial Certificate
AHERA Building Inspector Refresher Certificate
Asbestos Awareness Certificate
Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor Initial Certificate
Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor Refresher Certificate
Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor Refresher – Online Certificate
Asbestos Project Designer Initial Certificate
Asbestos Project Designer Refresher Certificate
Confined Space Entry Certificate
Hazard Communication
HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) Initial Certificate
HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) Initial Certificate
HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) Refresher Certificate
Lead Awareness Certificate
Lead-based Paint Renovation Repair Painting
NIOSH 582

 Degree
Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center   (Igiugig)
Hazwoper, 40 Hour Certificate
Hazwoper, 8 Hour Refresher Certificate

 Degree
University of Alaska, Mining and Petroleum Training Service   (Soldotna)
Confined Space Entry
Hazwoper 24 Hour
Hazwoper 40 Hour
Hazwoper 8 Hour

 Degree
VIP Alaska   (Kenai)
Environmental Emergencies

 Degree
Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Hazwoper Refresher Certificate
Hazwoper, 40 Hour Certificate

 Degree
Zender Environmental Health & Research Group   (Anchorage)
Rural Alaska Community Environmental Job Training (RACEJT) Program Certificate

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Hazardous Materials Removal Worker (June 2003)