Pesticide Control Inspector

Enforce regulations on safe pesticide production and use.
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Salary Range
$35,000 – $95,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Pesticide Control Inspectors do?

Keeping the ground and water safe, a Pesticide Control Inspector ensures that businesses produce, handle, and use pesticides correctly. Falling under the broader category of Environmental Compliance Inspectors, the Pesticide Control Inspector oversees all aspects of pesticide production and use.

When you’re a Pesticide Control Inspector, your days are filled with clipboards, checklists, and rubber gloves. Working with Warehouse Managers and Facility Managers, you make sure harmful chemicals are handled safely.

Your background in chemistry, biology, mathematics, and English is put to work as you inspect pesticide production and handling facilities for compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. Evaluating every aspect of production and shipment can mean the difference between life and death.

For example, as you go through the labeling requirements for accuracy, you find a mislabeled package. Rather than saying “Not safe for use around children and pets,” the packaging claims that it’s “Eco-friendly and safe for use with children and pets.” Knowing that this is not true, you point out the problem and oversee its correction. Your keen attention to detail may have saved countless lives around the world.

Putting your excellent communication and personal relationship skills to work, you inform your clients of regulation changes at all levels. Understanding the changes yourself is important, but clearly relating that information to others is equally essential.

Get your fine-tooth comb out, too, as you check shipping and receiving records, operations manuals, and permits for accuracy and completeness.

Should I be a Pesticide Control Inspector?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

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