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Waste Management: Career and Education Opportunities in Illinois

Waste Management: Waste Management workers make sure that the materials that could threaten our safety and health are removed and disposed of carefully. Doing a classic "dirty job", waste managers have the satisfaction of knowing that they always leave the place cleaner when they got there.

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Illinois has a population of 12,910,409, which has grown by 3.95% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Land of Lincoln," its capital is Springfield, though its largest city is Chicago. In 2008, there were a total of 7,657,328 jobs in Illinois. The average annual income was $42,540 in 2008, up from $41,720 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Illinois was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 3.7% since the previous year. Roughly 26.1% of Illinois residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Illinois include construction machinery merchant wholesalers, beer, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers, and nonchocolate confectionery manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Chicago Peregrine Release, the Dusable Museum of African American History, and the Chinatown Museum Foundation.


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Hazardous Materials Handler

Hazardous Materials Handlers identify, remove, or dispose of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead-based paint, waste oil, fuel, transmission fluid, radioactive materials, contaminated soil, etc. Hazardous Materials Handlers need to track and maintain equipment on an ongoing basis. They also need to actively seek out need information and learn from it.