How to Become a Hazardous Waste Manager

How to Become a Hazardous Waste Manager: Career Guide

To become a hazardous waste manager, you must begin by deciding if a career as a hazardous waste manager is right for you. If you are dedicated to protecting the environment, able to recognize unsafe conditions, can effectively delegate tasks and you are highly organized and responsible, then you may be well suited for a career as a hazardous waste manager!

 

Below we've outlined what you'll need to become a hazardous waste manager. We've also included helpful information for a hazardous waste manager career, such as job description, job duties, salary expectations, a list of possible employers and much more!

 

 

Education Needed to Become a Hazardous Waste Manager

Educational requirements to become a hazardous waste manager can vary from employer to employer, however in most cases, the minimum education requirement is a university undergraduate degree. Some employers may require you to have a master’s degree to get a job as a hazardous waste manager.

 

The following university and college fields of study are most applicable if you want to become a hazardous waste technologist:

 

• Biochemistry

• Chemistry

• Environmental Science

• Environmental Engineering

• Waste Management

• Toxicology

 

 

 

Further Training Needed to Become a Hazardous Waste Manager

Hazardous waste managers need specialized training on how to safely handle and dispose of chemical, biohazard, and radioactive wastes. The following hazardous material courses may be required or recommended:

 

• WHMIS (Workplace Hazards Management Information System) training

• H2S Alive training

• Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)

 

 

Hazardous Waste Manager Job Description

Hazardous waste managers oversee and evaluate hazardous waste management processes, equipment and personnel. They confer with hazardous waste facility managers and other professionals to plan, coordinate and evaluate site operations.

 

 

Hazardous Waste Manager Job Duties

• Advise government agencies and industry representatives regarding environmental policies and standards

• Advise government agencies and industry representatives regarding any clean up necessary to protect the environment

• Develop waste management plans for municipalities and industry representatives for the safe handling and treatment of waste

• Assist municipalities and industry representatives with the development of waste reduction and recycling programs

• Confer with industry representatives to acquire permits for the operation or construction of new facilities

• Research and develop improved methods for treating waste

• Determine whether past operations created environmental hazards that need to be mitigated

 

 

 

Hazardous Waste Manager Salary

The salary level of hazardous waste managers can vary greatly, typically depending on the following factors:

 

• Their level of experience

• Their level of responsibility within an organization

• The size and type of their employer

• The region in which they work

 

Unfortunately there is no salary information available from reliable sources for the career Hazardous Waste Manager. We can however, get a good idea of what they earn by looking at the salary level of workers in closely related occupations.

 

Hazardous Waste Manager Salary United States: According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary level of American workers in the Environmental Engineering Technicians occupational group is $45,350 per year.

 

 

Who Hires Hazardous Waste Managers?

There are employers representing different sectors of industry that are interested in the specific skill set and knowledge base of hazardous waste managers. Below is an example of the types of employers that hire hazardous waste managers.

 

• Companies that generate hazardous waste, such as those in manufacturing, mining and transportation

• Engineering firms

• Environmental contracting and consulting firms

• Government environmental regulatory services

• Health care facilities

• Laboratories

• Municipal water and wastewater treatment facilities

• Oil and gas exploration companies and contractors

• Petrochemical companies

• Public works departments

• Pulp and paper processing companies

• Regional solid waste management facilities

• Waste management companies and recyclers

 

 

Hazardous Waste Manager Jobs

Our job board below has "Hazardous Waste Manager" postings in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Working Conditions for Hazardous Waste Managers

Most hazardous waste managers work in an office environment, or an office located inside of an industrial facility, while others may work around dirty, noisy industrial sites.

 

Depending on the circumstances, hazardous waste managers may be required to wear personal protective equipment, work outdoors in all kinds of weather, travel frequently or lift equipment weighing up to or over 50 pounds.

 

Hazardous waste managers typically work normal weekday working hours, or hours that reflect the hours of operation of the waste facility they oversee. Some hazardous waste managers must be on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in case of hazardous spills during transportation of waste.

 

 

Careers Related to Hazardous Waste Manager

Listed below are jobs that are similar in nature to Hazardous Waste Manager, as they may involve many of the same skills, competencies and responsibilities.

 

Hazardous Waste Technologist

Recycling Coordinator Career

Sanitation Engineer Career

Waste Reduction Coordinator

Wastewater Operator

 

 

References: Hazardous Waste Manager Career

Please consult the references below to find more information on the various aspects of a career as a Hazardous Waste Manager.

 

American Chemical Society website: www.acs.org

Environment Canada website: www.ec.gc.ca

United States Bureau of Labor Statistics website: www.bls.gov

 

 

Scholarships for Becoming a Hazardous Waste Manager

Scholarships in Canada and the United States listed for majors that apply to becoming a Hazardous Waste Manager can be found on our Environmental Engineering Scholarships page.

 

Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!

 

 

Becoming a Hazardous Waste Manager: Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point to becoming a Hazardous Waster Manager Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!

 


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