Recycling and Reclamation Workers

General Information

Description

Prepare and sort materials or products for recycling. Identify and remove hazardous substances. Dismantle components of products such as appliances.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit90.73%
  2. Private, not for profit2.86%
  3. State and local government2.57%
  4. Self-employed2.36%
  5. Federal government1.20%

Job Outlook

Overall employment of hand laborers and material movers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 941,100 openings for hand laborers and material movers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$31,120

State-by-state Salary

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$42,180
$22,940
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 74%
  • Associate's degree 14%
  • Doctoral degree 8%
  • Less than high school 1%
  • Post-secondary certificate 1%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • Production and Processing
  • Mechanical
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
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