Pest Control Worker

Keep rats, roaches, and other vermin from overrunning homes and offices.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Pest Control Workers do?

When rats, roaches, and other pests that go bump in the night have homeowners running scared, they turn to you. Pest Control Workers are the ghostbusters of the bug world. Knowledge of common household pests paired with the latest safety information lets Pest Control Workers deal with unwanted guests safely. They tell crawling critters to pack their bags and leave – or else.

Your day as a Pest Control Worker starts with a phone call. Mr. Johnson down the block has rats taking a nice long vacation in his attic and no amount of screaming or trap setting will convince them to move on. Spraying is out of the question since the family has a new baby in the home. That’s where your pest control knowledge comes in. You find a safe way to drive those rats out.

An investigation reveals a hole in the attic you can block off to prevent the rats’ access to the space. Once the hole is plugged, the furry critters soon disappear. Your simple solution solved the problem – no pesticide required.

In the end, you play the part of a talented Detective. First you examine the problem. Then you root out the cause, be it bad luck or a hole in the attic. Finally, you choose the best course of action. Bugs and rodents aren’t just a nuisance. They endanger a family’s health. You stop the infestation and ensure it won’t come back. Your business card may read Pest Control Worker, but just think of yourself as The Exterminator.

Should I be a Pest Control Worker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Commercial Pest Control Technician, Commercial Technician, Insecticide Expert, Pest Control Applicator See More

    How to become a Pest Control Worker

    Most Pest Control Workers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9daaaa&chl=no+college+%2894%25%29|certificate+%285%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,94,94
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