Job Outlook

Job Outlook

Employment growth for Pest Control workers is expected to be faster than the average and job prospects should be very good.*

Employment Change. Employment of pest control workers is expected to grow by 15 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for pest control workers is projected to increase for a number of reasons. More people are expected to use pest control services as environmental and health concerns and improvements in the standard of living convince more people to hire professionals, rather than attempt pest control work themselves. Growth in the population also will generate new residential, commercial, and government buildings that will require treatment by pest control workers.

Job prospects. Job prospects should be very good for qualified applicants, due to the limited number of people seeking work in this occupation. In addition to job growth, opportunities also should arise from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Pest Control Workers, on the Internet at (visited March 24, 2011).

Projections Data Projections data from the National Employment Matrix:

Occupational Title SOC Code Employment, 2008 Projected Employment, 2018 Change, 2008-18
Pest control workers 37-2021 67,500 77,800 10,300 (15%)