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Hazardous Waste Management Specialists

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The complexity of regulations often makes remediation work painstakingly slow, but it also provides a measure of job security. High-publicity sites may bring considerable political and social pressure to bear on those responsible for their cleanup, especially if work appears to be moving very slowly. Competition for lucrative contracts can be fierce, and considerable effort must be made by employer and employee alike to stay abreast of changing technologies and legislation in order to be at the cutting edge of the field. The job of a specialist may require on-site exposure to hazardous wastes, and protective clothing that can hamper work efforts is often necessary. On the other end of the spectrum, there is always paperwork waiting to be completed back at the office. However, individuals in this field report a sense of accomplishment, and satisfaction in the field is extremely high. For some, the new developments that are a major part of the job provide welcome change and challenges.

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