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COMPOST TECHNICIAN: Started Out As Laborer & Kept Getting Promoted

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Alex is a Compost Technician who monitors the processing of the facility's compost and makes sure that the product is good for farmers and in compliance with local, state, and federal guidelines. His mom is a trucker who drives to a similar facility in the South; she told him about the opening. He started as a laborer, was promoted and transferred to California. He recommends studying chemistry and biology to understand the field better.

Job Title: Compost Technician

Job Summary: Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health

Job Description

Environmental science and protection technicians do laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those affecting health. Many work under the supervision of environmental scientists and specialists, who direct their work and evaluate their results.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$25,000 - $70,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Indoor, Office, Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Public speaking ability, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

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m='16100'>record</span> <span m='16600'>information</span> <span m='18180'>like</span> <span m='18280'>temperatures,</span> <span m='20130'>moisture,</span> <span m='20800'>bulk</span> <span m='21070'>densities,</span> <span m='21680'>porosities</span> <span m='22750'>to</span> <span m='22880'>make</span> <span m='23060'>sure</span> <span m='23370'>that</span> <span m='23640'>the</span> <span m='24130'>product</span> <span m='24910'>that</span> <span m='25030'>we</span> <span m='25170'>produce</span> <span m='27530'>meets</span> <span m='28140'>certain</span> <span m='28550'>regulations--</span> <span m='30450'>whether</span> <span m='30775'>it</span> <span m='31100'>be</span> <span m='31550'>federal,</span> <span m='32200'>state,</span> <span m='32740'>and</span> <span m='32990'>local--</span> <span m='34140'>to</span> <span m='34350'>assure</span> <span m='34660'>that</span> <span m='34850'>we're</span> <span m='35030'>in</span> <span m='35130'>the</span> <span m='35470'>compliance.</span> </p><p><span m='37720'>And</span> <span m='37870'>also</span> <span m='38180'>to</span> <span m='38330'>produce</span> <span m='38890'>a</span> <span m='39170'>valuable</span> <span m='40780'>material</span> <span m='41840'>for our</span> <span m='42320'>farmers.</span> <span m='44500'>Yeah,</span> <span m='44980'>that's</span> <span m='45840'>pretty</span> <span m='46330'>much</span> <span m='46660'>it.</span> <span m='47160'>The</span> <span m='47280'>way</span> <span m='47460'>that</span> <span m='47640'>I</span> <span m='47760'>found</span> <span m='48140'>out</span> <span m='48260'>about</span> <span m='48490'>the</span> <span m='48590'>job</span> <span m='49040'>was,</span> <span m='49330'>actually,</span> <span m='50070'>I</span> <span m='50400'>used</span> <span m='50600'>to</span> <span m='50680'>be</span> <span m='50850'>a tire</span> <span m='51260'>technician</span> <span m='52150'>and</span> <span m='52520'>my</span> <span m='52610'>mom--</span> <span m='53030'>she's</span> <span m='53380'>a</span> <span m='53470'>trucker--</span> <span m='53800'>and</span> <span m='53980'>she used</span> <span m='54260'>to haul</span> <span m='54650'>green</span> <span m='54870'>waste</span> <span m='55270'>to</span> <span m='55560'>this</span> <span m='55790'>facility</span> <span m='56340'>that</span> <span m='56530'>it went</span> <span m='56740'>to.</span> </p><p><span m='57450'>So</span> <span m='57650'>I</span> <span m='57720'>ended</span> <span m='57940'>up</span> <span m='58040'>moving</span> <span m='58420'>from</span> <span m='58840'>down</span> <span m='59110'>south</span> <span m='59820'>to</span> <span m='60580'>central</span> <span m='60960'>California.</span> <span m='62330'>And</span> <span m='63910'>I</span> <span m='64050'>went</span> <span m='64610'>down</span> <span m='64840'>there,</span> <span m='65019'>and</span> <span m='65120'>I applied</span> <span m='65670'>and</span> <span m='66320'>started</span> <span m='66700'>out</span> <span m='66900'>as</span> <span m='67090'>a</span> <span m='67170'>laborer.</span> <span m='68190'>And</span> <span m='68390'>then</span> <span m='68830'>got</span> <span m='69740'>certain</span> <span m='70430'>promotions,</span> <span m='71060'>like</span> <span m='71340'>from</span> <span m='72200'>[INAUDIBLE]</span> <span m='72460'>trailer</span> <span m='72720'>operator</span> <span m='73680'>in</span> <span m='74020'>to</span> <span m='74140'>what</span> <span m='74440'>I</span> <span m='74550'>do right</span> <span m='74880'>now,</span> <span m='75290'>which</span> <span m='75600'>is</span> <span m='76320'>compost</span> <span m='77570'>technician.</span> </p><p><span m='79050'>If</span> <span m='79340'>you</span> <span m='79430'>want</span> <span m='79590'>to</span> <span m='79630'>go</span> <span m='79910'>into</span> <span m='80260'>this</span> <span m='80560'>field,</span> <span m='80860'>I</span> <span m='81070'>would</span> <span m='81250'>recommend</span> <span m='82176'>that</span> <span m='82850'>you</span> <span m='82960'>stay</span> <span m='83160'>in</span> <span m='83260'>school,</span> <span m='83830'>and</span> <span m='85480'>you'd</span> <span m='85660'>probably</span> <span m='86120'>want</span> <span m='86350'>to</span> <span m='86410'>concentrate</span> <span m='87100'>in</span> <span m='87720'>a</span> <span m='87800'>lot</span> <span m='87990'>of</span> <span m='88390'>chemistry</span> <span m='88880'>classes</span> <span m='89520'>and</span> <span m='89790'>biology</span> <span m='90630'>classes--</span> <span m='91480'>that</span> <span m='91620'>would</span> <span m='91730'>help</span> <span m='91930'>you</span> <span m='92070'>out</span> <span m='94770'>a</span> <span m='95070'>lot.</span> </p>","file":{"id":345703,"video_id":"3124548437001","name":"1861-Alex-CompostTechnician","duration":96410,"thumbnail_url":null}});