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Joseph shares his story about being a garbage man for a small city. He tells us what his day is like and shares how he got into the field of sanitation engineering. He talks about the requirements needed to get into this field and he shares what he didn't know about this job when he first started, and the importance of having good credit.

Job Title: Sanitation Engineer/Garbage Man

Job Summary: Hand Laborers and Material Movers

Job Description

Hand laborers and material movers transport objects without using machines. Some workers move freight, stock, or other materials around storage facilities; others clean vehicles; some pick up unwanted household goods; and still others pack materials for moving.

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$0 - $25,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
-10 to 50 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours, Part-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Construction Trades
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m='11400'>of</span> <span m='11530'>the</span> <span m='11620'>garbage,</span> <span m='12270'>recycling,</span> <span m='12942'>as</span> <span m='13280'>well</span> <span m='13470'>as</span> <span m='13670'>grass</span> <span m='14120'>from the</span> <span m='14570'>residents</span> <span m='15045'>here</span> <span m='15520'>in</span> <span m='15720'>Berkeley.</span> </p><p><span m='16610'>I</span> <span m='16780'>started</span> <span m='17230'>out</span> <span m='17460'>fairly</span> <span m='17800'>young</span> <span m='18450'>at</span> <span m='18730'>it.</span> <span m='20370'>My</span> <span m='20470'>buddy</span> <span m='20770'>of</span> <span m='20830'>mine</span> <span m='21100'>was</span> <span m='21300'>working</span> <span m='21790'>here,</span> <span m='22220'>and he</span> <span m='22540'>told me</span> <span m='22710'>about</span> <span m='23080'>it.</span> <span m='23260'>So</span> <span m='23480'>I</span> <span m='23690'>went to</span> <span m='24060'>truck</span> <span m='24280'>driving</span> <span m='24720'>school,</span> <span m='25040'>got</span> <span m='25440'>my</span> <span m='25720'>Class</span> <span m='26105'>B</span> <span m='26490'>driver's</span> <span m='26940'>license.</span> </p><p><span m='27630'>So</span> <span m='27870'>it's</span> <span m='28120'>real</span> <span m='28440'>key</span> <span m='28790'>to</span> <span m='28830'>keep</span> <span m='29080'>your</span> <span m='29290'>clean</span> <span m='29660'>driving</span> <span m='30020'>record.</span> <span m='31110'>You</span> <span m='31210'>know,</span> <span m='31400'>when</span> <span m='31560'>you're</span> <span m='31670'>younger,</span> <span m='32590'>you</span> <span m='32720'>want</span> <span m='32900'>to</span> <span m='32960'>kind</span> <span m='33360'>of</span> <span m='33790'>speed.</span> <span m='34190'>And when</span> <span m='34400'>you mess</span> <span m='34580'>that driving</span> <span m='34960'>record</span> <span m='35310'>up,</span> <span m='35470'>it's</span> <span m='35630'>hard</span> <span m='36040'>to</span> <span m='36210'>get</span> <span m='36370'>on.</span> <span m='36730'>So</span> <span m='37060'>you</span> <span m='37390'>keep</span> <span m='37620'>your</span> <span m='37710'>clean</span> <span m='38040'>driving</span> <span m='38440'>record.</span> <span m='38750'>I</span> <span m='38830'>went</span> <span m='38970'>to</span> <span m='39080'>truck</span> <span m='39350'>driving</span> <span m='39840'>school,</span> <span m='40095'>which</span> <span m='40350'>took</span> <span m='40390'>approximately</span> <span m='41600'>two</span> <span m='41830'>weeks.</span> <span m='42580'>I</span> <span m='42870'>got</span> <span m='43070'>my</span> <span m='43220'>Class</span> <span m='43700'>B,</span> <span m='43950'>then</span> <span m='44170'>I</span> <span m='44300'>applied.</span> </p><p><span m='45710'>Just</span> <span m='46010'>being</span> <span m='46260'>in</span> <span m='46530'>physical</span> <span m='46850'>shape.</span> <span m='47390'>It's</span> <span m='47640'>harder</span> <span m='48040'>than it</span> <span m='48530'>looks.</span> <span m='48760'>I</span> <span m='48880'>know</span> <span m='49240'>we've</span> <span m='49360'>got</span> <span m='49730'>these</span> <span m='49940'>automated</span> <span m='50560'>trucks,</span> <span m='51040'>but</span> <span m='51590'>you've</span> <span m='51730'>got</span> <span m='51970'>to</span> <span m='52040'>be</span> <span m='52220'>in</span> <span m='52360'>some</span> <span m='52590'>type</span> <span m='52840'>of</span> <span m='52990'>physical</span> <span m='53390'>shape.</span> <span m='53790'>I've had</span> <span m='54240'>knee</span> <span m='54430'>surgery</span> <span m='55090'>now</span> <span m='56470'>twice</span> <span m='56940'>already.</span> <span m='57275'>So</span> <span m='57610'>just</span> <span m='58530'>keeping</span> <span m='58820'>yourself</span> <span m='59310'>in</span> <span m='59400'>pretty</span> <span m='59740'>good</span> <span m='59990'>shape.</span> </p><p><span m='60550'>And</span> <span m='60790'>then</span> <span m='62220'>just</span> <span m='62570'>credit-wise</span> <span m='63400'>now.</span> <span m='63700'>You're</span> <span m='63870'>making</span> <span m='64220'>good</span> <span m='64440'>money,</span> <span m='64890'>and</span> <span m='65030'>credit</span> <span m='65370'>is</span> <span m='65540'>the</span> <span m='65650'>key</span> <span m='65940'>to</span> <span m='66290'>buying</span> <span m='66640'>a</span> <span m='66690'>house</span> <span m='67190'>and other</span> <span m='67630'>things.</span> <span m='67980'>So</span> <span m='68460'>I</span> <span m='68570'>wish</span> <span m='68840'>I'd</span> <span m='68980'>have</span> <span m='69130'>known</span> <span m='69330'>to</span> <span m='69450'>keep</span> <span m='69700'>my</span> <span m='69850'>credit</span> <span m='70870'>cleaner</span> <span m='71280'>back</span> 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