Refuse & Recyclable Material Collectors

Also called: Garbage Man, Roll Off Truck Driver, Sanitation Laborer

Career Cluster: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
What they do:
Collect and dump refuse or recyclable materials from containers into truck. May drive truck.
On the job, you would:
  • Inspect trucks prior to beginning routes to ensure safe operating condition.
  • Drive trucks, following established routes, through residential streets or alleys or through business or industrial areas.
  • Refuel trucks or add other fluids, such as oil or brake fluid.
KNOWLEDGE

Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
SKILLS

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
ABILITIES

Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Controlled Movement
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Cooperation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Mobile location based services software
  • Global positioning system GPS software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Dossier software
  • Mileage logging software
Facilities management software
  • Computerized maintenance management system CMMS
EDUCATION


high school diploma/GED or associate's degree
usually needed
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JOB OUTLOOK

New job opportunities are likely in the future.

Salary:
High: $67,970.00
Median: $45,760.00
Low: $30,050.00
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