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Hazardous Waste Management Technologist

Hazardous waste management technologists provide information and advice on the packaging, handling and disposal of toxic wastes. They conduct inspections and waste audits, investigate environmental incidents, and monitor and control the cleanup of contaminated land, water and air.

  • Avg. Salary $89,167.00
  • Avg. Wage $44.02
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 9,200
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Environmental Technician/Technologist, Hazardous Waste Technician, Laboratory Technician/Technologist, Waste Management Specialist

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety (2263) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety (C163) 
  • 2011 NOC: Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety (2263) 
  • 2016 NOC: Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety (2263) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Hazardous Waste Management Technologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety

Interest in handling materials to collect water samples and other materials for analyses; and to develop, implement and evaluate health and safety programs and strategies


Interest in analyzing data from investigations of health and safety related complaints, spills of hazardous chemicals, outbreaks of diseases and poisonings and from workplace accidents and illnesses


Interest in speaking with employers, employees and the general public to deliver training and advise on public health, environmental protection and workplace safety issues; and in initiating enforcement procedures to fine or to close establishments that contravene municipal, provincial and federal regulations

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.

Learn More

Updated Mar 03, 2021

Hazardous waste management involves preventing and reducing the use of hazardous materials, reducing or eliminating the production of hazardous waste, reusing materials and disposing of hazardous waste safely.

Duties and responsibilities vary from one position to another but, in general, hazardous waste management technologists:

  • Survey commercial and municipal organizations to investigate waste systems and disposal methods
  • Maintain inventories of onsite hazardous materials, equipment inspection logs and facility records
  • Collect representative samples of waste material to determine characteristics and classify wastes
  • Read and interpret Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
  • Monitor occupational hygiene standards and procedures
  • Provide information and advice on ways to collect, transport, handle, store and dispose of toxic wastes
  • Oversee the testing of emergency response plans and help clean up toxic waste spills and measure the extent of damage to the land, air and water
  • Help monitor and control the cleanup of contaminated land, air and water
  • Conduct inspections and waste audits of all types of industries to ensure that wastes are properly managed (stored, handled, recycled)
  • Write inspection and technical reports for compliance with provincial and federal legislation and gather evidence for use in legal actions
  • Write certificates of approval for recycling, treatment and disposal facilities
  • Advise industry and government, and assist in drafting rules and regulations for managing hazardous wastes
  • Inform industry and the public about hazardous waste management practices

Hazardous waste management technologists often work in cooperation with environmental engineers to develop new methods of dealing with hazardous waste.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 03, 2021

Working conditions vary. Hazardous waste management technologists may work in office environments or around dirty, noisy industrial sites. Depending on the circumstances, they may be required to wear personal protective equipment, work outdoors in all kinds of weather, travel frequently (sometimes internationally) or lift equipment weighing up to or over 20 kilograms. They may also be required to work for extended periods of time in emergency response situations.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 03, 2021

Hazardous waste management technologists need:

  • Dedication to personal and public safety
  • To be alert and able to quickly recognize unsafe conditions
  • Patience
  • Organization skills
  • To be comfortable working with mechanical devices and instruments
  • An ability to understand and keep up to date regarding regulations, guidelines and environmental legislation
  • To keep accurate records and write reports
  • To work alone and with other members of a team

They should enjoy taking a methodical approach to their work, analyzing data, finding innovative solutions to problems and directing the work of others.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 03, 2021

Hazardous waste management technologists must be:

  • Able to operate sampling instruments
  • Skilled at using computers to manipulate and analyze data
  • Able to understand and interpret laboratory results
  • Familiar with the operation of waste management and treatment facilities (landfills, hazardous waste storage sites, processing sites) and equipment

Hazardous waste management technologists may acquire the required skills and knowledge through a variety of educational routes combined with on-the-job training. For example, they may take a related 2-year diploma program (such as environmental science or natural resource management) or a related 3 or 4-year degree program (such as a bachelor of science degree in biology, chemistry or environmental science). Hazardous waste management technologists employed in mid-level positions may require a master's or a doctoral degree.

The following hazardous material courses may be required or recommended:

  • WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) training
  • H2S Alive training
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
  • Confined Space Entry training
  • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 03, 2021

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 03, 2021

Hazardous waste management technologists are employed by the following types of organizations:

  • Municipal water and wastewater treatment facilities
  • Regional solid waste management facilities
  • Public works departments
  • Health care facilities
  • Laboratories
  • Municipal engineering firms
  • Waste management companies, brokers and recyclers
  • Government environmental regulatory services
  • Pulp and paper processing companies
  • Oil and gas exploration companies and contractors
  • Petrochemical companies
  • Environmental contracting and consulting firms
  • Companies in other industries that generate hazardous waste, including manufacturing, mining and transportation

Some employers may require applicants to have a clean driving record.

Hazardous waste management technologists employed in larger organizations may advance to supervisory positions. Obtaining a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in science or environmental engineering usually is required to move into management, consulting or professional roles such as hazardous materials engineer, recycling manager or environmental auditor.

Hazardous waste management technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2263: Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety. In Alberta, 85% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

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

  • Trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • 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

In Alberta, the 2263: Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.8% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 154 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 03, 2021
Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Hourly Wage
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $20.00 $58.67 $36.46 $37.00
Overall $23.10 $68.42 $44.02 $42.00
Top $25.00 $80.62 $49.92 $47.00

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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.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Oil & Gas Extraction
Health Care & Social Assistance
Public Administration
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Transportation and Warehousing
Educational Services
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Retail Trade
Business, Building and Other Support Services
Wholesale Trade

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Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Computer and Information Technology
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
  • Environment, Forestry and Related Studies
  • Sciences
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 03, 2021

Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) website:

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) website:

Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta (ACPA) website:

Canadian Environmental Certification Approvals Board (CECAB) website:

ECO Canada website:

Environmental Services Association of Alberta website:

Alberta Construction Safety Association website:

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Updated Mar 03, 2021. 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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