Pest Control Workers
On the Job
Pest Control Workers apply or release chemicals to kill or remove pests that infest homes or businesses. They may set traps.
This career requires good eyesight and time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Evaluate reports or designs to determine work needs.
- Drive trucks or other vehicles to or at work sites.
- Inspect buildings or grounds to determine condition.
- Clean facilities or sites.
- Document work hours or activities.
- Treat facilities to eliminate pests.
- Treat greenery or surfaces with protective substances.
- Estimate maintenance service requirements or costs.
- Supervise maintenance workers.
- Recommend products or services to customers.
Typical Working Conditions
- Working in a closed vehicle or equipment.
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Exposure to contaminants (like gases or odors).
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Dealing with external customers.
- Exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.
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