A career in pest control may not be an obvious choice, but it can be the ideal job ideal for anyone who likes variety at work, and doesn’t like sitting in front of a screen for 8 hours. The US pest control industry is worth around $16 billion, and employs around 70,000 technicians and other workers. Most technicians work for a national or locally based company like this pest control Alpharetta company, although it’s also possible to be self employed.
And one of the advantages of a career in pest control is that the industry tends to grow each year, meaning that careers in the field are secure and it’s relatively easy to find work. You can also work just about anywhere in the country, although some areas seem to have more pests than others. Termites are most common in the south east, while new York and Washington DC have serious mosquito problems. It’s definitely a job in which no two days are alike, and it also means you can be working in a variety of environments, many of them outdoors. The average salary is around $33,000 per year, and there is plenty of room for advancement.
Although most states require licensing for pest control technicians, another appeal of this field is that there are no specific educational qualifications. A background in and an interest in the environment, science, gardening and wildlife are obviously useful, although most pest control companies offer on the job training, which continues throughout your career. Of course, you’ll need to be comfortable with dealing with rodents, termites, ants, mosquitoes and other nasty and uninvited pests, and often the job involves accessing tight, damp or hot spaces in someone’s home. You’ll need to be well organized, have good time management skills and be able to educate homeowners, and recommend pest control steps that they can take themselves.
Although working as a pest controller inevitably involves some desk and computer time, a lot of your work will be spent in the field, and that might be someone’s home, a work site, a park or other open space. Your job is to inspect a home for signs of a pest infestation, and then take the appropriate steps to remove the pests and to prevent any further infestation. Putting down traps, setting bait, sealing off access points and spraying chemicals may all be part of your daily routine. Many of these chemicals are classed as restricted by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) making it important to know how to use them safely.
Most pest control workers begin their career as a technician, and from there it’s possible to advance to a supervisory or managerial role. It’s also possible to specialize in a particular type of pest, such as rodents, ants, spiders, termites, or to perhaps work in general wildlife management. Pest control may not be the most glamorous of careers, but it is a career in which it’s possible to enjoy variety, stability and a sense of accomplishment, and be reasonably well paid while doing that.