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Pest Control Workers - 37-2021.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Apply or release chemical solutions or toxic gases and set traps to kill or remove pests and vermin that infest buildings and surrounding areas.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Certified Pest Control Technician
  • Commercial Pest Control Technician
  • Exterminator
  • Pest Control Applicator
  • Pest Control Chemical Technician
  • Pest Control Operator
  • Pest Control Technician (Pest Control Tech)
  • Pest Technician
  • Residential Pest Control Technician
  • Termite Technician

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Clean and remove blockages from infested areas to facilitate spraying procedures and provide drainage, using brooms, mops, shovels, or rakes.
  • Clean work site after completion of job.
  • Cut or bore openings in building or surrounding concrete, access infested areas, insert nozzle, and inject pesticide to impregnate ground.
  • Dig up and burn weeds, or spray them with herbicides.
  • Direct, or assist other workers in, treatment or extermination processes to eliminate or control rodents, insects, or weeds.
  • Drive truck equipped with power spraying equipment.
  • Inspect premises to identify infestation source and extent of damage to property, wall, or roof porosity and access to infested locations.
  • Measure area dimensions requiring treatment, calculate fumigant requirements, and estimate cost for service.
  • Position and fasten edges of tarpaulins over building, and tape vents to ensure air-tight environment and to check for leaks.
  • Post warning signs and lock building doors to secure area to be fumigated.
  • Recommend treatment and prevention methods for pest problems to clients.
  • Record work activities performed.
  • Set mechanical traps, or place poisonous paste or bait in sewers, burrows, or ditches.
  • Spray or dust chemical solutions, powders, or gases into rooms, onto clothing, furnishings, or wood, or over marshlands, ditches, or catch basins.
  • Study preliminary reports or diagrams of infested area and determine treatment type required to eliminate and prevent recurrence of infestation.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Block physical access to restricted areas.
  • Clean facilities or sites.
  • Document work hours or activities.
  • Drive trucks or other vehicles to or at work sites.
  • Estimate maintenance service requirements or costs.
  • Evaluate reports or designs to determine work needs.
  • Inspect buildings or grounds to determine condition.
  • Notify others of emergencies, problems, or hazards.
  • Recommend products or services to customers.
  • Seal gaps or cracks to prevent leakage or moisture intrusion.
  • Supervise maintenance workers.
  • Treat facilities to eliminate pests.
  • Treat greenery or surfaces with protective substances.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Infrastructure Systems Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pest Management (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pest Management (Space Force - Enlisted)
  • Pest Management Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pest Management Apprentice (Space Force - Enlisted)
  • Pest Management Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pest Management Craftsman (Space Force - Enlisted)
  • Pest Management Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pest Management Helper (Space Force - Enlisted)
  • Pest Management Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pest Management Journeyman (Space Force - Enlisted)
  • Preventive Medicine Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Exterminator, Termite

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Exterminator
  • Exterminator Helper
  • Exterminator Helper, Termite
  • Exterminator, Termite
  • Fumigator
  • Mosquito Sprayer