Pest Control Workers

Pest control workers treat residential and commercial properties with chemicals and mechanical traps to get rid of rodents, insects, and other common pests. They may work for a pest control company, lawn or landscaping firms, or own and operate their own company. Pest control workers make periodic visits to their clients' properties to make sure they remain pest-free. They may also use chemicals to control diseases and pests that attack lawns, shrubs, and other outdoor vegetation. There are approximately 64,450 pest control workers in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Inspect homes for pest damage; create a pest eradication and/or management plan; apply pesticides; set traps and baits; keep records of applications
Alternate Title(s) Exterminators, Pest Control Technicians
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, Hawaii, and Georgia, but opportunities exist in all regions
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
Experience On-the-job training
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements Valid driver's license; clean criminal record
Career Ladder
  • Owner, Pest Control Company
  • Supervisory Pest Control Worker
  • Pest Control Worker
  • Pest Control Trainee

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