2 minute read


Job Descriptions and Careers, Career and Job Opportunities, Career Search, and Career Choices and ProfilesCool Careers Without CollegeHAZARDOUS MATERIALS TECHNICIAN - Education And Training, Case Study: Dioxin, For More Information - Salary, Outlook



Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20460
(202) 260-2090
Web site: http://www.epa.gov
The EPA's mission is “to protect human health and safeguard the natural environment—air, water, and land—upon which life depends.”

Laborers-AGC Education and Training Fund
Route 97
Putnam, CT 06260
(800) 974-0800
Web site: http://www.laborers-agc.org
Information on training as a hazardous waste technician is available through this organization.

Women in Technology International (WITI)
6345 Balboa Boulevard
Suite 257
Encino, CA 91316
(800) 334-9484
Web site: http://www.witi.org
This organization offers special encouragement to women who want to succeed in technology.


EPA-maintained Web sites
The EPA maintains this site for hazardous waste information, which describes the most up-to-date treatments and technologies.
A more general EPA site, surprisingly upbeat and interesting, is on municipal solid waste (aka trash), including toxic junk.

Human Resources Development Agency of Canada
An extensive and easy-to-use Web site on technology jobs, including learning and training resources, career planning tools, and self-assessment and aptitude testing.

National Environmental Trainers
Information on online training programs can be found at the virtual training institute of the National Environmental Trainers.


Career Information Center. Engineering, Science, and Technology. Vol. 6. New York: MacMillan Library Reference USA, 2000.
Basic information about technical jobs, including salary, outlook, and training.

Cosgrove, Holli R., ed. Exploring Tech Careers. Chicago: J.G. Ferguson Publishing Co., 1995.
A reference directory with loads of information about many technological careers.

Fasulo, Michael, and Paul Walker. Careers in the Environment. Chicago: VGM Career Horizons, 2000.
Contains extensive contact information for professional associations, forecasts, salary information, and much more.

Gerrard, Michael. Whose Backyard, Whose Risk? Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1994.

The subtitle for this book is Fear and Fairness in Toxic and Nuclear Waste Siting, and it examines the politics of hazardous waste management.

Mazur, Allan. A Hazardous Inquiry: The Rashomon Effect at Love Canal. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998.

A journalist interviewed many of the people involved in the Love Canal disaster and presents several points of view.


A Civil Action (1999)
Based on a true story, this film, starring John Travolta, brought national attention to the dangers of hazardous waste.

Race to Save the Planet: Do We Really Want to Live This Way? (1990)

Booking Video

Chedd-Angier Production Co.

A sixty-minute documentary that gives an overview of toxic wastes

Additional topics