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Pest Controllers and Fumigators

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NOC:7444
Occupation:Pest Controllers and Fumigators
Category:Trades and Transportation

About the job

Nature of work:

Pest controllers and fumigators inspect buildings and outside areas for pest infestation and spray chemical treatments to kill noxious and destructive insects, rodents and other pests or set cage traps to capture and remove animals. They are employed by pest control companies, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties:
Pest controllers and fumigators perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Inspect buildings and outside areas at regular intervals or at specific request of property owner to detect signs of infestation.
  • Determine type of treatment required and provide estimate of costs to clients.
  • Prepare and spray chemical mixture on infested areas using mechanical or electric sprayer to kill insects, rodents and other pests.
  • Fumigate households.
  • Place and set traps to capture and remove animals, such as skunks or raccoons.
  • Install animal control barriers such as needle strips, netting and other devices to keep animals off property.
  • Clean out areas that harbour pests using rakes, shovels, brooms or mops.
  • Advise clients on how to prevent pest infestation.
Sample job titles:
  • animal control trapper
  • exterminator
  • fumigator
  • nuisance control trapper
  • pest control service representative
  • pest controller
  • pest exterminator
Skills:

To work in this occupation, you should be in good physical condition to be able to inspect sites which often require kneeling, bending and crawling in tight spaces and also comfortable working with a variety of chemicals and the wearing of protective gear, such as respirators, gloves, and goggles. Customer service skills can also be an asset.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of courses in pest control or extermination or several months of on-the-job training are usually required.
  • Provincial pesticide applicator licence is required in Nova Scotia.
Other considerations:

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Pest Controllers and Fumigators most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 67% of Pest Controllers and Fumigators who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $50,943. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Pest Controllers and Fumigators85xxx
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum:  N/A
Median: $48,990
Maximum:  N/A
Occupations in Trades and Transportation57,925Decline slightly3,400High
Minimum: $13.00
Median: $20.35
Maximum: $34.00
Minimum: $7,580
Median: $37,269
Maximum: $79,787
Pest Controllers and FumigatorsCompared to: Occupations in Trades and Transportation
Percent employed full-time89%89%
Percent self-employed0%13%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentPest Controllers and FumigatorsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
SouthernN/Ax12%$30,581
Northern16%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton16%x13%$32,974
Halifax53%x47%$41,209
Annapolis Valley21%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgePest Controllers and FumigatorsCompared to: All Trades and Transportation
% Employed% Employed
15-24xx
25-3457%13%
35-4429%33%
45-54x34%
55-64x19%
65+xx
Median Age4147
GenderPest Controllers and FumigatorsCompared to: Occupations in Trades and Transportation
% Employed% Employed
Female0%5%
Male100%95%
EducationPest Controllers and FumigatorsCompared to: All Trades and Transportation
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school16.7%x18.2%$25,753
High school22.2%$51,51125.5%$28,089
Trades certificate16.7%x29.4%$40,890
College certificate or diploma33.3%$52,85222.6%$39,023
University certificate or diplomaxx1.0%$35,969
Bachelor's degreexx2.7%$36,972
University advanced certificate or diplomaxx0.2%$41,705
Master's degreexx0.3%x
Doctoratexx0.0%$36,029
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx0.0%$3,714
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Canadian Pest Management Association
13- 3120 Rutherford Road
Vaughan, ON L4K 0B2
Tel: (866) 630-2762
Fax: (866) 957-7378
cpma@pestworld.org

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
akerley.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
lunenburg.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
it.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
shelburne.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
truro.info@nscc.ca
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