What are HAZWOPER Jobs?

In order to know what HAZWOPER jobs are, you first must know what HAZWOPER means. HAZWOPER is an acronym that stands for “HAZardous Waste OPerations and Emergency Response”. So, HAZWOPER jobs involve the handling/clean-up of hazardous wastes or materials, or they involve emergency response where hazardous substances may be encountered.

For these jobs, there are both initial and annual HAZWOPER training requirements, which are detailed in OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.120. The purpose of the OSHA standard is to protect employees from the dangers of working with hazardous materials and waste. These OSHA regulations describe different HAZWOPER training levels which are based on job function and how likely a worker is to be exposed to hazardous materials. In order to be employed in a HAZWOPER job and also be OSHA compliant, the HAZWOPER training requirements will need to met. 


Wondering what 24 and 40 Hour HAZWOPER jobs are available? Below is a list of job titles that may require or prefer the applicant to have completed HAZWOPER training. Having current 24 or 40 Hour HAZWOPER certification of training under your belt may give you an advantage on your resume, increase your odds of securing one of these job types, and could increase your starting salary. To find HAZWOPER courses or a refresher for your current training, see our course options

CDL DriversField ChemistOil Spill Clean-up
Chemical Laboratory TechnicianField EngineerOil Spill Responder
Construction LaborerField TechnicianOSHA Site Supervisors
Controls SpecialistFirefighterOTR Drivers
Emergency RescueFirst ResponderPipe Layers 
Emergency Response Specialist Fuels EngineerPipeline Operator
Environmental Compliance Specialist GeologistPlant Operator
Environmental ConsultantHazardous Material TechnicianRadiological Control Technician
Environmental DrillerHazardous Materials Handler RCRA Hazardous Materials Storage Facilities 
Environmental Due DiligenceHazardous Waste DisposerRefinery Operations
Environmental EngineerHazardous Waste OperationsRemediation / Clean-up General Laborers 
Environmental Field LaborerHazardous Waste TechnicianSafety Coordinator
Environmental Health & Safety SpecialistHazmat OperationsSite Mitigation
Environmental Laboratory TechnicianHAZMAT TechnicianSite Safety Officer
Environmental Monitoring HAZWOPER Certified TechnicianSite Supervisors 
Environmental Project ManagerHealth and Safety OfficerSuperintendent for Construction 
Environmental RemediationHealth, Safety and Environment (HSE) MgrToxic Clean-Up
Environmental ScientistHeavy Equipment OperatorTruck Driver
Environmental SpecialistIndustrial Hygiene Underground Storage Tank Tester
Environmental Technician Landfill Field TechnicianWaste Treatment Operator
Equipment OperatorMarine Environmental TechnicianWastewater Treatment Operator
Facilities OperatorMaterial HandlerWelder
Facilities/Safety ManagerOil and Gas DrillersWorker with OSHA Certification


Employees in (or looking for) HAZWOPER jobs can complete their HAZWOPER training online or in the classroom. Many 24 and 40 Hour HAZWOPER training students opt to take online HAZWOPER training due to the convenience and cost savings.  Since employers often provide HAZWOPER equipment training with the actual equipment that will be used on the job, many students prefer online training followed by job-specific equipment training at their worksite.

Whether classroom or online training is your preference, HazMat Student offers a variety of HAZWOPER courses and formats to meet your unique needs. See all of our HAZWOPER courses or go directly to our most popular classes:

OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER Online  |  OSHA 24 Hour HAZWOPER Online  |  8 Hour HAZWOPER Refresher Online

For more information on OSHA’s HAZWOPER training requirements, see our HAZWOPER Training Infographic

Enroll in classroom or online HAZWOPER training today!