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Remediation specialists deal with the treatment and removal of contamination from soil and groundwater.

Average salaries are in the region of £32,000.00 to £45,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Remediation Specialists deal with the treatment and removal of contamination from soil and groundwater.


What they do

They design and implement remedial action plans to clean up sites polluted by waste substances, such as chemical residues or hazardous materials. A key role is that of assessing the contamination and how to bring the site into a safe, legal and usable state.

As a Remediation Specialist you would focus on cleaning up toxic sites, working with Environmental Geologists, Hydrologists, and Toxicologists to investigate which methods will work best. The environmental impact of any remediation work will need to be compared to the cost of treatment, and long-term systems for measuring the results and ensuring the continued safety of the site will need to be devised.

Typical tasks include:

  • Testing soil, groundwater, sediment, and surface water
  • Choosing the most effective remediation systems
  • Supervising support staff
  • Collecting samples to confirm contamination
  • Preparing reports to communicate findings
  • Managing budgets
  • Organising specialist contractors where necessary
  • Scheduling meetings

Hours & Salary:

Typically, remediation specialists work around 40 hours a week, usually between 9am and 6pm. It is uncommon for overnight or weekend work to apply but could in exceptional circumstances.

  • Newly trained remediation specialists can earn in the region of £25,000£32,000
  • Trained with experience remediation specialists can earn in the region of £32,000£45,000
  • Senior remediation specialists can earn in the region of £45,000£60,000

Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility.


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Qualifications & Training

Usually, a BSc Honours Degree in an engineering, construction or environmental science in England; the equivalent L6 NVQ / HNC in Wales, or the Scottish equivalent, will most likely be required. Some positions will require a Masters Degree as well, or chartered status with a relevant body.

However, experience is often very important too, so entrants with other qualifications might be considered.

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Career trends and forecasts

16,240 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 16,240 construction professionals and technical staff per year (including remediation specialists) between 2017 - 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). 

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