What are the highest paying jobs in waste management?

If you’re asking this question, it’s probably because you want to earn more cash. Now it’s always good to consider your career in terms of an end goal, and in waste management, an industry that is growing, there is certainly ample opportunity. But before you cash in that hefty pay cheque of the ultimate job you’re going to land, you might first consider – what is it going to take to get there?

Highest paying jobs - it’s not just about the money

You may be looking at similar roles and wondering at the difference between becoming a site operative or a site manager. It’s not always clear cut. While site managers may earn between £35000 and £55000 depending on the type of site – HWRC, MRF or a hazardous waste transfer or treatment facility - for site operatives there is the potential to earn good money on overtime, up to £30,000! If you’re willing to put in the hours.

So while becoming a site manager may seem like the better financial prospect, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t earn great money if you’re willing to work hard. And ultimately that’s what earning potential is about, offering your employer something of value in terms of time effort, knowledge, skills and expertise, in return for the pay cheque they’re signing.

There are many organisations in waste management – both in the public and private sector in the UK that are willing to pay handsomely for the right expertise.  However, they’re looking for people that will help them grow and succeed in the process, they want demonstrable value. So what are you going to bring to the party?

Earning potential in waste management

Earning potential is intrinsically linked to personal development. The more you invest in yourself, the more potential employers will be willing to invest in you. One of the first considerations should become a member of the CIWM with the aim of getting chartered. While one of the requirements is to have a degree or post graduate qualification in waste management, this is not the only route available. For people who have years of experience, but no formal qualifications there is the Experienced Practitioner Route.  

The chartered process takes time as there’s a requirement to be a CIWM member for at least 6 months before interview. During this time workshops and other resources are made available and members are encouraged to attend to know what to expect from the interview process. As getting chartered is essentially a verification of skills and experience, the interview focusses primarily on industry knowledge. Being a chartered member of CIWM carries a great deal of weight with potential employers and certainly impacts earning potential. It’s something you really ought to consider.

A second accreditation to be considered is the Certificate of Technical Competence from WAMITAB according to your specific area of expertise and level of skills. As a vocational qualification you’ll need your employer to agree to put you through this, so ask the question and get going. You’ll need it if you want to make that step into management. Gaining this will further demonstrate to both your current employer and future employers in the industry that you’re serious about developing yourself. Gaining CDP’s as you progress in your career can certainly contribute to you eventually landing in that highest paid category.

As the pressure to reduce waste gains momentum due to global environmental concerns there are going to be more opportunities opening up in the industry for innovative ideas. Progressive people who have a passion for the environment, and an aptitude for business will be the people leading the way and most likely to be gaining the top jobs to be had in the industry. Will you be one of them?

If you want to explore how you can develop your career in waste management or find out about what immediate opportunities exist, give us a call at Waste Recruit. Our 100% success rate reflects our passion for the industry and we’d love to hear from you.