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Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

Collect and dump refuse or recyclable materials from containers into truck. May drive truck.   (O'Net 53-7081.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Automated Residential Collection Operator, Automation Driver, Collector, Commercial Collections Driver, Commercial Collections Driver (Operator), Commercial Front Load Driver, Commercial Front Load Operator, Commerical Relief Driver, Disposal Man, Disposal Worker, Driver, Driver-Lifter of Sanitation Truck, Driver/Refuse Collector, Dumpman, Front Load Trash Truck Driver, Front Loader Residential Driver, Frontload Driver, Garbage Collector, Garbage Man, Garbage or Trash Collection Sanitation Engineer, Garbage Person, Garbage Pick Up Man, Garbage Pick Up Worker, Garbage Truck Driver, Garbage Truck Helper, Garbage Worker, Helper/Driver, Junkman, Lifter/Driver, Limb Driver, Rear Load Truck Driver, Recyclable Materials Collector, Recycle Driver, Recycling Collections Driver, Refuse Collector, Refuse Driver, Residential Collections, Residential Driver, Residential Recycle Driver, Rolloff Driver, Rolloff Truck Driver, Rubbish Collector, Sanitation Engineer (Automated Trash Truck Driver), Sanitation Engineer (Driver), Sanitation Laborer, Sanitation Truck Driver, Sanitation Worker, Scrap Metal Collector, Solid Waste Collector, Solid Waste Truck Driver, Swamper, Thrower, Trash Collector, Trash Hauler, Trash Man, Trash Truck Driver, Trashman, Truck Driver, Truck Driver (Yard Trash), Waste Collector, Wasteman
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 10.91   $ 12.63   $ 14.81   $ 18.23   $ 20.86   $ 15.46  
    Yearly $22,700   $26,280   $30,810   $37,930   $43,400   $32,160  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 10.28   $ 11.26   $ 13.76   $ 17.46   $ 20.06   $ 14.63  
    Yearly $21,380   $23,410   $28,610   $36,310   $41,720   $30,430  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 12.24   $ 13.48   $ 15.92   $ 18.85   $ 21.27   $ 16.15  
    Yearly $25,450   $28,030   $33,120   $39,200   $44,240   $33,580  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 10.33   $ 11.31   $ 13.48   $ 15.37   $ 19.14   $ 14.24  
    Yearly $21,480   $23,530   $28,030   $31,980   $39,820   $29,620  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 725 772 0.6% 23
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Waste management and remediation services 50.5%
    Local government, excluding education and hospitals 34.3%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 10.0%
    Administrative and support services 2.7%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 0.4%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • Operate automated or semi-automated hoisting devices that raise refuse bins and dump contents into openings in truck bodies.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Operate equipment that compresses collected refuse.
     
  • Dump refuse or recyclable materials at disposal sites.
     
  • Dismount garbage trucks to collect garbage and remount trucks to ride to the next collection point.
     
  • Refuel trucks or add other fluids, such as oil or brake fluid.
     
  • Fill out defective equipment reports.
     
  • Communicate with dispatchers concerning delays, unsafe sites, accidents, equipment breakdowns, or other maintenance problems.
     
  • Check road or weather conditions to determine how routes will be affected.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors  updated July 2012
     


    Knowledge
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
     
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors  updated July 2012
     


    Skills
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  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
     
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors  updated July 2012
     


    Abilities
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  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
     
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
     
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
     
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
     
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors  updated July 2012
     


    Work Activities
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  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment - Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
     
  • Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment - Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
     
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public - Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors  updated July 2012
     


    Interests
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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors  updated July 2012
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors  updated July 2012
     


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