Careers in Waste Management: Current Job Trends and Future Growth


Note: The total number of core environmental workers for this sub-sector is updated. Please refer to the New Ways of Measuring Environmental Employment report to find the current numbers. Career pathways, trends and key findings in the Waste Management report remain accurate.

Careers in Waste Management deal with handling both hazardous and non-hazardous waste and the development of legislation and/or 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.

There is reason to believe that demand for waste management employees may exceed the current supply.

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.
Part of the reason for this may be the high number of “intermediate or labour occupations,” which often have high turnover in the secondary industries.

Read the Waste Management report for the latest labour market insights into this sub-sector, including competencies and skills, earnings, career pathways, and industry trends.


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