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Professional Pest Control Among Fastest Growing Occupations
The National Pest Management Association sees bright future and numerous opportunities ahead
As job seekers across the country look for new careers, the National Pest Management Association points to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which projects the number of pest control workers to increase by 26.1 percent from 2010 to 2020. The BLS attributes this growth to more people using professional pest control services rather than trying to control pests themselves, and to population growth, particularly in the South where pests are more pervasive year-round.
According to the 2010 Nationwide Salary and Benefits Survey conducted by the NPMA, industry turnover rates have declined and average base rates of pay for most all positions, increased over 2007 levels (nationwide results). The professional pest management industry doesn’t hire on a seasonal basis, but rather year round, as quality technicians are always in demand.
“As more consumers recognize the invaluable service and relief pest professionals provide, the industry is experiencing explosive growth,” said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. “This is a need-based industry that has successfully weathered economic storms because businesses and homeowners understand the vital role professional pest management plays in protecting public health, food and property.”
Henriksen added, “Many of our members talk about the need to hire employees throughout the year, but that they face a shortage of qualified applicants. In addition to great benefits and a rewarding career as a trusted advisor to customers, technicians in the industry have ample opportunities for upward mobility,” noted Henriksen.
The NPMA encourages those interested in a career within the pest control industry to consider the opportunities available to them such as a competitive salary, a variety of jobs and the necessary training offered through individual companies. The NPMA also offers ongoing certification and training programs.
The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's commitment to the protection of public health, food and property.