Pest control workers held about 74,100 jobs in 2014. About 88 percent worked in the services to buildings and dwellings industry.
Pest control workers must travel to clients' sites. They work both indoors and outdoors, in all types of weather. To inspect and treat sites, workers must often kneel, bend, and crawl in tight spaces.
When working with pesticides, pest control workers must wear protective gear, including gloves, goggles, and when required, respirators.
Most pest control workers are employed full time. Working evenings and weekends is common. About 1 in 4 pest control workers worked more than 40 hours per week in 2014.
Injuries and Illnesses
Pest control chemicals are toxic and can be harmful to humans, so care should be taken to use such chemicals properly. Workers are trained and licensed for pesticide usage and wear protective equipment. However, some injuries and illnesses from pesticide exposure may still occur. Pest control workers are also susceptible to strains and sprains because workers must often kneel, bend, and crawl in tight spaces.