Another study that reaffirms the economic benefit of jobs in the recycling sector.
Like many previous studies, this report shows that it is more labor intensive to recycle or compost materials than it is to landfill. A recent study was done by the California Community Colleges Centers of Excellence to examine the field of Recycling and Materials Management and found that California has been adding jobs, not loosing jobs in the Recycling and Materials Management area.
Some of the key findings include:
- The 2600 firms in the Recycling and Materials Management field currently employ about 145,900 people. The current projected employment in 2 years is expected be about 160,300 people. This is an increase of 14,400 people or a 9.8% increase.
- Recycling reclamation workers and refuse and recycling material collectors are projected to have the greatest increase in jobs.
- Overall, about 1/3rd of employers had no trouble finding qualified candidates. Employers had the most difficulty finding qualified candidates with commercial/industrial designers and the least amount of difficulty with recycling and reclamation workers
- Recycling reclamation workers and refuse and recycling material collectors require the least amount of formal education, while recycling coordinators and commercial/industrial designers require the most formal education.
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