A career in professional pest management offers you the opportunity to work in the exciting and ever-growing pest management industry. Flexible, family-friendly work hours as well as opportunities for advancement make working in the professional pest management industry a smart decision.

Professional pest management is no longer an industry where exterminators come to one’s house to spray for pests. Now, as a highly-regulated professional pest control industry, pest control professionals are specially trained to properly identify and target pests such as bedbugs, termites, cockroaches and beetles. Common household pests affect a homeowner’s quality of life. By choosing a career in professional pest management, you can continue to maintain and provide Americans with the high quality of life we have today.

In addition to choosing a career as a pest control professional, the professional pest management industry has many career options available; jobs in office management, sales, marketing and more. Take a look at our sample job descriptions to find a position that best fits your needs.

Jobs in the professional pest control industry:

  • Are interesting and constantly changing
  • Are always in demand.
  • Have flexible, family-friendly hours
  • Provide extensive, ongoing technical, sales, administrative and management training
  • Provide rewards and recognition for a job well done
  • Offer competitive pay and benefits
  • Protect health and property of the customers served
  • Provide valuable service to businesses and homeowners

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Professional Pest Control Careers: Frequently Asked Question

Q: Do I need a college degree to work in professional pest management?
A: While this answer may vary by company, many positions - including field technician - do not require a college degree.

Q: Can I work as a field technician if I don't have any prior experience?
A: Yes. Professional pest management companies provide extensive training, both on-the-job and in a classroom setting, and pest control professionals in the field will act as mentors.

Q: What kind of salaries should I expect in this industry?
A: Overall, most pest management companies offer very competitive salaries and a whole host of benefits. Entry-level positions, in many cases, are financially competitive to entry-level positions in customer service, construction, automotive and teaching industries, just to name a few. However, one of the many advantages of this growing and evolving industry is the room for promotion and personal career growth. Positions range from entry-level to seasoned technicians, and middle- and upper- level management.

Q: I'm still in college and I'm looking for a position that will work around my class schedule. How flexible are the jobs within this industry?
A: Jobs in professional pest management are fairly flexible. Speak with the hiring manager about your needs. Chances are good they'll be able to provide you with a schedule that will work around your classes.

Q: I'm a mom with kids in school. I'm looking to re-enter the job force and I need a career that will let me be home when my kids get off the bus. Is a job in professional pest management right for me?
A: It certainly could be. Because a majority of professional pest management companies are family owned and operated, managers understand the needs of parents and will do their best to accommodate your needs.

Q: I've always thought of pest management as a man's career. Do many women work in the field?
A: Times are changing and many women are entering the profession in a variety of capacities. Women are in every facet of professional pest management - owners to field technicians. Many are trained entomologists doing research at universities nationwide.

Q: Aren't the chemicals used in professional pest management harmful?
A: Pesticides are regulated and registered by the Environmental Protection Agency, which is required by law to provide special protections for sensitive subpopulations, like children. Just like medicine, they go through years of development and testing before they are approved for use in homes and schools. Pest professionals receive ongoing, intensive training to ensure they are able to properly identify, target and effectively treat pests in the least invasive manner possible.

Q: I've heard the term "IPM" thrown around a lot lately. What is it?
A: IPM, or "Integrated Pest Management," is a commonsense approach to pest control focused on eliminating the source of pest problems rather than simply treating the symptoms with routine pesticide applications. Pest professionals receive special training to implement effective IPM programs.

Q: I'm scared of bugs. Can I still work in professional pest control?
A: Absolutely. Many people are afraid of things they don't understand. You may find that working in this industry and receiving ample training about pests will help you to conquer your fears. There are also many other positions within the industry that don't have direct contact with pests.


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