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Recession-Proof careers in the pest control Field

What jobs are recession-proof? Pest control is resilient to economic downturns and protects against job-loss 

Pest control is often overlooked in discussions about recession-proof careers, yet it offers stability comparable to more recognized jobs such as healthcare professionals, utility workers and education professionals. The demand for pest control remains consistent regardless of economic conditions, as residential areas, businesses, and agricultural sectors require ongoing pest management to ensure health and safety.

The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the critical need for stable careers. As industries continue to recover, the importance of choosing a resilient career path has never been clearer.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, while unemployment rates are gradually recovering, some industries and businesses are still suffering.

But when an unexpected crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic or an economic recession hits, how can you ensure you keep your job? While no job is 100% recession-proof, there are certain careers that are less likely to be affected by the economy. Professional pest control is one of these recession-proof careers less susceptible to economic fluctuations.

What Makes Pest Control a MORE Recession-Proof Job?

The pest control industry plays an essential role in protecting public health, food and property for both residential and commercial customers across the country. Pest control workers touch millions of lives every day by protecting people against dangerous and potentially deadly pest-related threats.

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This is why the work of the professional pest control industry is so critical, and why we say, it is not just a bug business, but a people business.

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During the pandemic, the pest control industry’s role as a vital protector of human health and safety was recognized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security when they deemed professional pest control an essential service. While many businesses had to close their doors to prevent the spread of COVID-19, professional pest control companies remained open.

Unfortunately, millions of jobs were lost - but pest control professionals continued to work to protect homes, businesses, and the nation’s food supply and critical infrastructure.

No matter what happens in the world, pest-related threats will continue to plague homes and businesses, which means pest control careers tend to be recession-proof.

Pest Control Careers vs. Other Trade and Skilled Work Occupations

Not only is pest control a typically more recession-proof career, but it also continues to grow – and faster than all other trade and skilled work occupations.

The employment of pest control workers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2020 to 2029 while other trade and skilled work occupations is currently estimated at only 4 percent.

This is why there is no better time than now to join the industry. There is ample opportunity for success and growth, and great demand to fill the need and join the workforce.

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