Labour Market Research Report

Waste Management: Current Job Trends and Future Growth

Explore environmental career paths related to waste reduction and get the essential information to help you get started

A growing sub-sector that has a key role to play in everyday Canadian life

Careers in Waste Management deal with handling both hazardous and non-hazardous waste, as well as the development of legislation guidelines, regulations and standards. Growing emphasis on waste reduction, environmental protection and sustainability in the private and public realms is driving a need for expertise.

16% of employers surveyed report having unfilled positions in waste management. The secondary industries (i.e. recyclable materials wholesalers, engineering construction, engineering services) are the most in need of workers, with a quarter of these employers reporting unfilled positions.

In this report, you’ll learn about:

  • Opportunities. 4,000 new jobs expected in 5 years in six key industries
  • Earnings. A person can expect an average starting salary of $45,290 according to data collected in 2015
  • Trends. Public concern over climate change and other factors have supported the creation of new waste regulations that result in more demand for waste management specialists

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