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Professional Pest Control Among Fastest Growing Occupations, NPMA Reports

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NPMA noted 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.

| December 18, 2012

FAIRFAX, Va. — 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 all positions, other than General/Branch Managers and Sales Persons, 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 needs-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 industry to carefully review state guidelines, as almost all states require pest control technicians to be licensed and receive on-the-job training. Training programs are often available through individual companies, and the NPMA offers ongoing certification and training programs.
For more information about becoming a pest professional, visit PestWorld.org.
 

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