Career Paths in Professional Pest Control
Looks like you’re interested in learning more about where a career in professional pest control could possibly take you. Well, we’re certainly glad you’re here! Lucky for you, there is no shortage of opportunity in the pest control industry, and there are plenty of different career options within pest control depending on your interests, skills, and experience level. From a technician and customer service and sales representative to management positions, and more. – there’s something for everyone in pest control! Check out any of the career paths below to get started. The links below will take you to broader job descriptions complete with average salary guidance.
If you are interested in a career in pest control and are just getting started, the role of a pest control technician is a great place to begin! Starting out as a technician, you are able to learn how to solve your customers’ pest problems from both trainings and on-the-job learnings. You’ll train with other technicians and become familiar with the ins and outs of what it takes to successfully help customers solve their pest control issues. As a technician, there are opportunities to work with either homeowners or businesses, such as restaurants, schools, hospitals, and more. No day is the same, and there is ample opportunity for growth and upward mobility in this field!
- Residential & Commercial Pest Control Technician
- Wood Destroying Organisms (WDO) / Termite Technician
Customer Service & Sales
If you consider yourself a “people person,” then a position in sales or customer service may be a great fit for you! Strong communicators, problem solvers and solution providers with a helpful and friendly demeanor will excel in this line of work. As a customer service representative, you are often the first person at the company a customer calls regarding services. In fact, did you know 73% of customers fall in love with a brand and remain loyal because of friendly customer service reps*?
*According to a survey commissioned by RightNow and conducted by Harris Interactive.
If you are pursuing a position in sales, rest assured that you can find a fulfilling career in this industry, as selling pest control services helps to improve and protect the lives of the public. A sales position requires frequent travel and offers variety in your day-to-day actions and the earning potential is yours to grow. As protectors of public health, food and property, your role is critical to keeping American families and businesses healthy. Acting as the liaison between customers and the company makes you an integral part of the pest control operation.
If traveling and being out in the field is not what you are looking for, then a career on the administrative side of the pest control industry could be the perfect match! There’s plenty of careers in pest control that can be done within an office setting or home office, such as an office supervisor or manager, or an accountant. If you are an organized and meticulous worker with the right credentials, one of these career options could be the right path for you.
There is plenty of opportunity for upward mobility in your career in pest control. If you now have some experience under your belt and are considering moving into a management position, you’ll be happy to know there are many opportunities available! A branch or service manager, service supervisor, route manager – the list goes on.
Or, perhaps you have an entomology degree and an interest in science and problem solving – the role of a regional entomologist could be the perfect fit for you. Entomologists play a key role in pest control, as they help identify pest problems and create unique solutions for clients. As a regional entomologist, you are the expert technicians will come to for help with identifying pests and for recommendations based on each specific case.