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Pest Control Workers

Pest Control Workers
Quick Facts : Pest Control Workers*
2010 Median Pay$30,340
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201268,400
Job Outlook26% (Faster than average)
Employment Change17,900

Pest control workers control, manage, or remove unwanted creatures, such as roaches, rats, ants, termites, and bedbugs, that infest buildings and surrounding areas. They inspect a building and its premises for signs of pests.

What Pest Control Workers Do

  • Inspect buildings and premises for signs of pests or infestation
  • Determine the type of treatment needed to eliminate pests
  • Measure the dimensions of the area needing treatment
  • Design and carry out pest management plans
  • Create barriers to prevent pests from entering a building

Work Environment

Pest control workers travel to clients' sites. To inspect sites and treat them, workers must often kneel, bend, and crawl in tight spaces. Because there are health risks associated with pesticide use, workers must sometimes wear protective gear, including respirators, gloves, and goggles.
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Job Outlook

Employment of pest control workers is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020.
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In May 2010 the average salary of pest control workers was $30,340.
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Becoming a Pest Control Workers

A high school diploma or the equivalent is the minimum qualification for the majority of pest control jobs. They usually begin as technicians, receiving both formal technical instruction and on-the-job training from employers. Technicians also must complete general training in pesticide use and safety which can usually be done in less than 3 months.
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