A Guide to Pest Control Jobs, Salaries & Educational Requirements

A Guide to Pest Control Jobs, Salaries & Educational Requirements

Pest control workers are the unsung heroes of the world. For many people, pest control is not a career that they dream of pursuing, but without pest control workers the world would be out of control.  

Not only do we simply not want unwanted visitors in our homes, but pests can also carry a long list of diseases. These diseases can seriously harm humans and we can catch them from coming into contact with items that pests also come into contact with.  

As you know, pests tend to aim for our food supplies and so before you even know they are in your home, you could easily indulge in food items that they have been in contact with. For most people, dealing with pests is not something that they can handle, as they can be very scary and hard to get rid of. This is why we depend so much on trained pest control professionals and without them, many people could get sick or injured.  

A career in pest control is often laughed at and described as unskilled, but this could not be further from the truth. They don’t just let anyone become a pest control professional, and you have to have a whole world of knowledge and intensive training to be prepared for the job at hand.  

If you are someone that is leaping onto the career ladder or you are thinking of changing your career, you may be considering pest control. There is no wonder why, as pest control can be very well paying and extremely fulfilling. However, as I previously stated, you can not just walk into a pest control job and there are certain qualifications and education that you must receive before you can pursue a career in pest control. Here is a guide to what is expected of you as a pest control worker and which educational requirements you must have in order to get the job. 



 Much like any job, the requirements needed to start a career in pest control varies depending on where you live in the world. As the majority of our knowledge is based on pest control in the US, we will be discussing the US requirements for starting a career in pest control. 

To start off with, the very basic education that you will need is a high school diploma. This is the standard for most jobs, as achieving your high school diploma means that you are competent at both Math and English, which is a requirement for most careers that you can choose to follow.  

If you are someone that did not finish high school, do not worry. If you get in touch with your local educational board, you can study something known as a GED. This will give you all of the knowledge necessary to be ready for the working world and is accepted at the same level as a high school diploma. You will have to pay a fee to get your GED, but once you have it, a lot of doors and career opportunities will be open to you.  

In the majority of states, you are required to have a license in order to become a pest control worker. These licenses are quite easy to get, but to get one you do usually need to sit an exam of sorts.  

When you venture into pest control, it is unlikely that you will start with your own business right away. For this reason, you will likely join a pre-existing pest control company. They will support you in the process of getting your qualification to be able to practice pest control and because you will be working through an already established business, it is likely that you will not have to pay. 

Instead of revising from books and from the internet ahead of your exams, you can get on-the-job experience and learn from people that have years of experience in pest control. There is nothing better than getting first-hand experience, as you are more likely to remember events than you are words in a book.  



 When you are working in pest control, it is expected that you have advanced knowledge of the pests that you will be dealing with. When you start a pest control job, it is unlikely that you will see the actual pest straight away.  

For this reason, you have to depend on your own knowledge to diagnose a problem. It is often the case that the person that has reported the pest is unable to identify them too, as many of them can look alike. They will try to describe what they see to you and you will have to try and find a solution based on this description. This is why having a good base of knowledge is important, as it will allow you to find a solution to their problem much sooner.  

You have to be able to remember a lot of details about individual pests, as this is crucial to ensuring that you can do your job to a high standard. For example, you will need to be able to identify what the pest’s droppings look like and what marks they make when they bite. This is something that will take you some time to develop knowledge of, which means that it is very important that you try and develop this knowledge during your training time.  


Going into this job without the right knowledge could be detrimental to the health of local wildlife. This is why it is so important that you develop the right knowledge and you get to know all of the animals that you will be facing. There is a big difference between all of the pests that you will be dealing with, as some may be bugs and some may be bigger animals. You will not be using the same extermination methods for the same creatures and so it is important that you know how to get rid of gophers as well as you know how to get rid of smaller creatures, as advanced knowledge of all pests is a must-have. 

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