A career in pest control may not seem especially glamorous, but it can be well paid, interesting and challenging and it’s an ideal career for someone who doesn’t want to sit behind a desk or in front of a screen all day.
The pest control industry in the US is worth around $10 billion a year, and there are estimated to be about 13,000 companies offering the service, including some well known names. The average salary for a pest control technician is around $35,000 or almost $16 per hour, although it’s possible to earn more than that, depending on your job duties and location or if you work for the Federal government. And pest control is something that’s always in demand, meaning a career in the field is stable and provides good opportunities for growth and advancement.
To work in the past control industry, you’ll generally need to have just a high school diploma. A specific background or further education isn’t necessary, as most companies provide all the ongoing training you might need. Learning how to use pesticides and other chemical products safely is an important part of the training. Being licensed to work in the industry is a requirement in most states, and specific requirements vary between states. However, it does help if you have a background or interest in science, agriculture, the environment or the outdoors. If you work as an exterminator, you’ll be driving yourself from one appointment to the next, and most companies will require a good driving record.
Most of us have a good idea of what a pest control worker, like All Clear Exterminating, routinely does. The job involves identifying various types of pests in homes, businesses and other facilities and then disposing of them. You may also need to advise the building owner on how best to prevent pest problems in the future. Pests can include ants, spiders, roaches, termites and squirrels so this isn’t a job for anyone who doesn’t like getting up close and personal with nasty creatures. As a pest control technician, you will also be regularly exploring people’s attic, basement or crawlspace and it’s not a job for anyone afraid of confined spaces or of getting dirty.
There are other attributes necessary for a successful career in pest control. You’ll be dealing with people a lot of the time, and being able to explain things clearly, offer advice and options and answer any questions is also important. You’ll need some bookkeeping and computer skills to keep accurate track of chemicals used, action taken and of course the number of hours you worked. And you may be expected to make visits during the evening, at the weekend or on holidays in order to accommodate a homeowner’s schedule. Being physically fit is a must too, and being able to access those sometimes cramped and hard to reach areas of the home.
If you like helping people, don’t mind dealing with creepy crawlies and want a job that’s not the typical 9 to 5, a pest control career may be ideal.