Pest control workers remove unwanted pests that infest buildings and surrounding areas.Work Environment
Pest control workers must travel to a client’s home or business. Workers often kneel, bend, and crawl into tight spaces to inspect sites. Because there are health risks associated with pesticide use, workers are trained in pesticide safety and, if required by the product label, sometimes wear protective gear, including respirators, gloves, and goggles. Working evenings and weekends is common.How to Become a Pest Control Worker
State laws require pest control workers to be licensed. Most workers need a high school diploma and receive moderate on-the-job training.Pay
The median annual wage for pest control workers was $37,820 in May 2020.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.State & Area Data
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