women in pest control
The pest control industry has a high demand for women to join the field. You may not have previously considered working in professional pest control, but with flexible and family-friendly work hours, competitive compensation and benefits, a variety of stable, long-term career options and an opportunity to grow in your career, there is no better time to join the industry than now!
According to women in the pest control industry, one of the biggest benefits of working in pest control is the flexibility. Women in the industry feel they have a good work-life balance and the ability to handle both a family and career without sacrificing time and special life moments with their children. They also report feeling proud and that they genuinely enjoy helping people solve their pest problems.
The U.S. economy also needs women in the workforce, too. Studies show that when more women participate in the skilled trade workforce, both the economy and GDP go up, and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, over half of all women participate in some sort of labor force. Women can rest assured that they will have a vital and valued role in the industry.
There are a number of different opportunities at every level for women in the pest control industry; from female pest control technicians to customer service, various management positions, entomologists and beyond. And the natural qualities and traits women possess are more useful in pest control than you may realize – many female exterminators, as well as other women in the industry, note that, as natural caretakers, this skillset is something they utilize each day on the job to help solve their customers’ pest problems. Mothers working in pest control can relate to their female customers that are concerned about the well-being of their families when it comes to having pest problems in their homes and work to do everything in their power to help solve their problem quickly and efficiently.
According to a survey of 30 women working in the pest control industry conducted by Insight Pest Solutions, all 30 respondents agreed with the statement that, “overall, the industry would benefit from having more females in the workforce.” Furthermore, 93 percent (28/30) of participants either agreed or strongly agreed that professional pest control is a good industry for women.
From accounting to customer service, marketing to management, there is something for everybody in pest control. Whether a technician or an outside salesperson or manager, there is no limit to what women can accomplish in this industry.
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