Pest Control Workers
SOC: 37-2021.00

Description:

Apply or release chemical solutions or toxic gases and set traps to kill or remove pests and vermin that infest buildings and surrounding areas.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
74,100 employed

Projected (2024):
73,200 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Bed Bug Exterminator
  • Certified Pest Control Technician
  • Chemical Applicator
  • Commercial Pest Control Representative
  • Commercial Pest Control Technician
  • Extermination Inspector
  • Extermination Supervisor
  • Exterminator
  • Exterminator Helper
  • Fumigator
  • Hand Spray Operator
  • Insecticide Expert
  • Insecticide Sprayer
  • Mosquito Sprayer
  • Moth Exterminator
  • Pest Control Applicator
  • Pest Control Chemical Technician
  • Pest Control Operator
  • Pest Control Service Representative
  • Pest Control Service Technician
  • Pest Control Specialist
  • Pest Control Technician
  • Pest Controller
  • Pest Controller Assistant
  • Pest Technician
  • Rat Exterminator
  • Residential Pest Control Technician
  • Rodent Control Worker
  • Rodent Exterminator
  • Service Technician
  • Spray Crew
  • Spray Worker
  • Sprayer
  • Technician
  • Termite Control Representative
  • Termite Control Servicer
  • Termite Control Technician
  • Termite Exterminator
  • Termite Exterminator Helper
  • Termite Inspector
  • Termite Renewal Inspector
  • Termite Technician
  • Termite Treater
  • Tick Eradicator


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Record work activities performed.
  • Inspect premises to identify infestation source and extent of damage to property, wall, or roof porosity and access to infested locations.
  • Spray or dust chemical solutions, powders, or gases into rooms, onto clothing, furnishings, or wood, or over marshlands, ditches, or catch basins.
  • Clean work site after completion of job.
  • Direct or assist other workers in treatment or extermination processes to eliminate or control rodents, insects, or weeds.
  • Drive truck equipped with power spraying equipment.
  • Post warning signs and lock building doors to secure area to be fumigated.
  • Cut or bore openings in building or surrounding concrete, access infested areas, insert nozzle, and inject pesticide to impregnate ground.
  • Study preliminary reports or diagrams of infested area and determine treatment type required to eliminate and prevent recurrence of infestation.
  • Dig up and burn, or spray weeds with herbicides.
  • Set mechanical traps or place poisonous paste or bait in sewers, burrows, or ditches.
  • Clean and remove blockages from infested areas to facilitate spraying procedures and provide drainage, using brooms, mops, shovels, or rakes.
  • Position and fasten edges of tarpaulins over building and tape vents to ensure air-tight environment and check for leaks.
  • Recommend treatment and prevention methods for pest problems to clients.
  • Measure area dimensions requiring treatment, calculate fumigant requirements, and estimate cost for service.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Bait stations
  • Bellows dusters
  • Brooms
  • Bulb dusters
  • Chemical-resistant footwear
  • Chemical-resistant suits
  • Claw hammers
  • Cold foggers
  • Copy machines
  • Digital still cameras
  • Electric drills
  • Flathead shovels
  • Garden rakes
  • Gasoline powered generators
  • Handheld calculators
  • Handheld compressed air sprayers
  • Handheld pesticide sprayers
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Mechanical animal traps
  • Mobile radios
  • Pesticide agitators
  • Pesticide tanks
  • Pneumatic hammers
  • Portable vacuums
  • Power dusters
  • Protective gloves
  • Protective head coverings
  • Protective respirators
  • Safety goggles
  • Snap traps
  • Thermal foggers
  • Ultra low volume ULV sprayers
  • Utility screwdrivers
  • Vise grip pliers
  • Wet mops
  • Work trucks
  • Database software
  • Email software
  • Intuit QuickBooks software
  • Marathon Data Systems PestPac
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Report writing software
  • Supply inventory software
  • Work scheduling software


  • building and grounds cleaning and maintenance


    industry stats

    SOC: 37-0000

    Total Employed: 4,407,050

    Average Annual Salary: $27,080