Fumigator and Sterilizer

Tend retorts or vacuum chambers that fumigate or sterilize used mattresses.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Fumigator and Sterilizers do?

Tends retort or vacuum chamber that fumigates or sterilizes used mattresses: Loads mattresses on dollies and pushes them into chamber. Closes and bolts chamber door. Starts vacuum pump to remove air from chamber. Opens valves to control flow of fumigating or sterilizing gases into chamber, observing gauges and scale readings. Pumps gases from chamber and replaces gases with fresh air. Opens chamber door and removes loaded dollies. May tend fumigating device, used inside chamber, that produces fumes from heated chemicals. May tend oven to sterilize mattresses with hot air.


Should I be a Fumigator and Sterilizer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become a Fumigator and Sterilizer

    Fumigator and Sterilizers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Fumigator and Sterilizer-related education!
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