Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation

General Information

Description

Mix or apply pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides through sprays, dusts, vapors, soil incorporation, or chemical application on trees, shrubs, lawns, or crops. Usually requires specific training and state or federal certification.

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

Overall employment of grounds maintenance workers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 173,200 openings for grounds maintenance 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

$36,630

State-by-state Salary

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$47,150
$21,000
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 56%
  • Post-secondary certificate 15%
  • Less than high school 14%
  • Bachelor's degree 12%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Knowledge

  • Biology
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Production and Processing
  • Transportation
  • Education and Training

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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