Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

4.0/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $22.26 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 40% (Start worrying)

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated
Qualities required for this occupation:
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions
Manual Dexterity
Finger Dexterity
Social Perceptiveness
very important
quite important
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Hazardous Materials Removal Workers' job openings is expected to decline by -0.3% by 2031
'Hazardous Materials Removal Workers' is expected to be a slow growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Hazardous Materials Removal Workers' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Hazardous Materials Removal Workers' was $46,300, or $22.26 hourly
'Hazardous Materials Removal Workers' are paid 1.2% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as hazardous materials removal workers?

As of 2021 there were 44,240 people employed as Hazardous Materials Removal Workers within the United States.
This represents around 0.03% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 3 thousand people are employed as Hazardous Materials Removal Workers.

Job 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.

SOC Code: 47-4041.00


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J (Small chance) says
The job requires on the fly changes in work procedures and in most situations requires human judgement throughout the process.
Mar 20, 2021 at 01:35 AM
N (No chance) says
I do not think that the professions that are intertwined with humans can be done by robots. I believe that robots will be more effective in virtual environments and digital platforms. In addition, when this situation is in question, I think that after a while there will be communication difficulties and communication between people will be more difficult, so problems affecting the world may arise.
Jun 05, 2020 at 09:41 AM

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