The entry level Hazardous Waste/Materials (Hazmat) Technician assists inspections of contaminated sites. Working with more senior technicians or a project manager, the entry level technician will identify the hazardous material, analyze it, document it, package it and ship it.
The experienced technician takes on the additional responsibility of preparing the documentation required by local regulatory agencies and the EPA. The experienced technician may also be called upon to speak in front of groups and respond in writing to certain queries, and to train new technicians.
In the future it is expected that Hazmat Technicians will need to be more knowledgeable in environmental and safety issues. At that time it may be necessary to also be familiar with one or more of these areas: secondary containment, personal protection equipment, emergency response, and Right-to-Know issues.
Once employed as a Hazmat Technician it is possible to move into other departments in your company, such as Environment Support Services (where one would work with environmental agencies on behalf of their company) or Safety (where one would work with OSHA).
Entry Level: $7 - 21 / hour ($17 / hour average)
Experienced, New to Job: $8 - 27 / hour ($21 / hour average)
Experienced in Job: $9 - 43 / hour ($27 / hour average)