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Fastest Growing First Response Careers

FireLink and the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Hazardous Materials Removal Workers


15% Projected Job Increase
6,300 New Jobs
Average Salary (2008): $19.09/hour

What’s Ahead

Employment of hazardous materials removal workers is expected to grow 15 percent between 2008 and 2018, faster than the average for all occupations.

Many of these workers are not greatly affected by economic fluctuations because the facilities in which they work must operate, regardless of the state of the economy.

Specialized Degrees

No formal education beyond a high school diploma is required for a person to become a hazardous materials removal worker. However, Federal, State, and local government standards require specific types of on-the-job training. Regulations vary by specialty and sometimes by State or locality. Employers are responsible for employee training

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