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Emerging Occupations

Electronics Recycling Worker

This is an emerging occupation. It may have evolved from an existing occupation or emerged in response to consumer needs or technological advances.

Electronics recycling workers take electronics apart to salvage reusable materials and dispose of hazardous waste in a safe manner.

  • Avg. Salary N/A
  • Avg. Wage N/A
  • Minimum Education High school diploma
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed 2,800
  • In Demand Lower
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

59%
59%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Electronics Recycling Worker is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Other Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities
NOC code: 9619
METHODICAL

Interest in comparing information to clean work areas and equipment

OBJECTIVE

Interest in handling to transport raw materials, finished products and equipment throughout plant manually and using powered equipment

innovative

Interest in checking and weighing materials and products

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Jan 23, 2017

Electronics recycling plants use different methods to disassemble end-of-life computers, televisions, printers, photocopiers, phones, stereos and other electronics into hazardous material and other materials that may be recycled for other uses. In general, electronics recycling workers:

  • load and unload electronic parts
  • dismantle, check and weigh materials and products
  • safely dispose of hazardous materials such as mercury, lead and brominated flame retardant
  • separate other materials such as plastic, aluminium, zinc, copper, steel and precious metals
  • operate and monitor shredding equipment, baling equipment or other machines used in recycling
  • maintain clean equipment and work areas
  • maintain records as required.

Some organizations also accept reusable electronics. In those recycling plants electronics recycling workers also may:

  • evaluate and assess functionality of electronic components
  • securely strip and dispose of personal data from electronic devices such as computer hard-drives, laptops and smartphones
  • repair or refurbish computers to be resold or donated to not-for-profit organizations and schools
  • prepare invoices and other documentation for customers.
Working Conditions
Updated Jan 23, 2017

Electronics recycling workers work in recycling plants where the environment may be dusty and noisy. Electronic waste may contain hazardous materials. Safety boots, hard hats, ear plugs, safety glasses and other personal protective equipment are required to reduce the risk of exposure and injury. Shift work and overtime sometimes are required.

The work involves repetitive tasks, considerable walking, standing and climbing ladders or stairs. Lifting up to 45 kilograms is often required.

  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Jan 23, 2017

Electronics recycling workers need to possess:

  • mechanical aptitude
  • good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity
  • ability perform routine tasks and remain alert
  • ability to work at a steady, rapid pace
  • ability to distinguish colours used to identify wires and components
  • good oral communication skills and ability to work well as part of a team.

They should enjoy operating equipment, performing precision tasks, and having clear rules and organized methods for their work.

Educational Requirements
Updated Jan 23, 2017

Most emerging occupations develop from more than one occupation so workers may come from a variety of education and training backgrounds.

There are no standard education requirements in this occupation. However, employers may prefer to hire high school graduates. Electronics recycling workers are trained on the job. A forklift permit and basic knowledge of electronics are assets.

The following safety courses also may be required or recommended:

  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Forklift training
  • Hazard Assessment training.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Jan 23, 2017

Emerging occupations typically are a result of:

  • an increased human need (for example, environmentally friendly ways to dispose of electronic devices)
  • technological advances
  • greater specialization within an occupation.

Often there are too few people working in an emerging occupation to gather survey information. Therefore, it can be difficult to define advancement opportunities or employment outlook. Some Albertans already are working in this emerging occupation but future demand for electronics recycling workers is unknown. 

Additional training related to computer software certification may be required to advance to technician positions. Electronic recycling workers with experience and leadership skills may move into supervisory positions. Management positions generally require post-secondary education in business administration or marketing.

Electronics recycling workers are employed by private electronics recycling companies that may contract services to municipalities.

Electronics recycling workers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 9619: Other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities. In Alberta, 77% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors, including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Manufacturing industry)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions)
  • size of the occupation.
Wage & Salary
Updated Jan 23, 2017

Often there are too few people working in an emerging occupation to gather survey information. Therefore, no current salary data is available for this occupation.

Salary data is available for the larger National Occupational Classification 9619: Other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities as part of the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey.

Other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities
NOC code: 9619

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $11.21 $22.62 $17.93 $17.00
Overall $15.02 $30.00 $22.96 $20.33
Top $16.71 $42.86 $28.89 $28.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Manufacturing
Agriculture
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Wholesale Trade

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

59%
59%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

18%
18%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

2%
2%

2015 Vacancy Rate

N/A
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Jan 23, 2017

ECO Canada website: www.eco.ca  

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Updated Dec 16, 2016. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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