|Quick Facts: Pest Control Workers|
$30,340 per year
$14.59 per hour
|High school diploma or equivalent|
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|26% (Faster than average)|
Pest control workers control, manage, or remove unwanted creatures, such as roaches, rats, ants, termites, and bedbugs, that infest buildings and surrounding areas.
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.
State laws require pest control workers to be licensed. Most workers need a high school diploma and receive on-the-job training, which usually lasts less than 3 months.
The median annual wage of pest control workers was $30,340 in May 2010.
Employment of pest control workers is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Environmental and health concerns will result in more people hiring professionals rather than trying to control pests themselves. Job opportunities should be very good.
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