|Quick Facts: Pest Control Workers|
|2012 Median Pay||
$30,060 per year
$14.45 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||65,400|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||20% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||12,800|
Pest control workers remove unwanted creatures, such as roaches, rats, ants, bedbugs, and termites that infest buildings and surrounding areas.
Pest control workers must travel to clients’ sites. To inspect sites, workers often kneel, bend, and crawl in tight spaces. Because there are health risks associated with pesticide use, workers are trained in pesticide safety and sometimes wear protective gear, including respirators, gloves, and goggles. Working evenings and weekends is common.
State laws require pest control workers to be licensed. Most workers need a high school diploma and receive on-the-job training, usually lasting less than 3 months.
The median annual wage for pest control workers was $30,060 in May 2012.
Employment of pest control workers is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, 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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