Pest Control Workers

General Information

Description

Apply or release chemical solutions or toxic gases and set traps to kill or remove pests and vermin that infest buildings and surrounding areas.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit79.93%
  2. Self-employed14.72%
  3. State and local government3.75%
  4. Private, not for profit1.13%
  5. Federal government0.48%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of pest control workers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 12,800 openings for pest control workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$37,820

Military salary*

$55,673

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State-by-state Salary

Gray states indicate no data available

$50,220
$22,120
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 90%
  • Post-secondary certificate 8%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Sales and Marketing

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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