Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

risk level
Based on 12 votes
-0.3 %
by year 2032
or $22.73 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

39% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

60% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that it's probable this occupation will be automated. However, employees may be able to find reassurance in the automated risk level we have generated, which shows 39% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Hazardous Materials Removal Workers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


Slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Hazardous Materials Removal Workers' job openings is expected to decline 0.3% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Low paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Hazardous Materials Removal Workers' was $47,280, or $22 per hour

'Hazardous Materials Removal Workers' were paid 1.6% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 49,960 people employed as 'Hazardous Materials Removal Workers' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% 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 (Low) 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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