Recycling and Reclamation Workers

risk level
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by year 2032
or $17.36 per hour
as of 2022

Employment data isn't available specifically for this occupation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, so we are using the data from Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand.


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Automation risk

87% (Imminent Risk)

Imminent Risk (81-100%): Occupations in this level have an extremely high likelihood of being automated in the near future. These jobs consist primarily of repetitive, predictable tasks with little need for human judgment.

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

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Finger Dexterity

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Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand' job openings is expected to rise 6.0% 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.


Very low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand' was $36,110, or $17 per hour

'Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand' were paid 22.0% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 2,934,050 people employed as 'Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand' within the United States.

This represents around 2.0% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 50 people are employed as 'Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand'.

Job description

Prepare and sort materials or products for recycling. Identify and remove hazardous substances. Dismantle components of products such as appliances.

SOC Code: 53-7062.04


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