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Pest Control Technician

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Controls problems with unwanted animals and insects in residences, commercial buildings and the areas around them. Inspects buildings, identifies pests and determines pest control treatment. Provides applications of chemical pesticides and sets traps or bait. Makes minor building repairs as needed to keep pests out.

Job Outlook

There were 1749 Pest Control Technician job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 37377 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Pest Control Technician industry, which includes the Pest Control Technician career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Pest Control Technician jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $35,719.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $35,038.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Pest Control Technician postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $32,354.

Education and Experience

Posted Pest Control Technician jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree0%
Master's Degree0%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other100%

Posted Pest Control Technician jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years92%
3 to 5 years7%
6 to 8 years1%
9+ years0%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Pest Control Technician positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Detail-Oriented (28%)
  • Communication Skills (24%)
  • Physical Abilities (22%)
  • Problem Solving (18%)
  • Organizational Skills (13%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Customer Service (40%)
  • Customer Contact (24%)
  • Pest Control Industry Knowledge (14%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Basic Mathematics (18%)
  • Product Sales (18%)
  • Calculation (15%)
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (11%)
  • Sales (8%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Insect Identification (5%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Pest Control Technician skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Pest Control Specialist
  • Termite Technician
  • Termite Control Technician - Field Services Representative
  • Pest Control Technician - Field Service Representative

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Pest Control Technician jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • ServiceMaster (6713)
  • Orkin Incorporated (2576)
  • Rollins Incorporated (1881)
  • Rentokil North America (995)
  • Arrow Exterminators Family Of Companies (761)

North Carolina

  • ServiceMaster (255)
  • Rollins Incorporated (150)
  • Orkin Incorporated (123)
  • Rentokil North America (55)
  • Rentokil Initial Incorporated (43)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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