Pest Controllers and Fumigators

(NOC 7444)

in All Trades and Transportation

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 Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate Decline slightly employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 3400 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2016

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)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$48,990

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$20.35

Median

$34.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

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 high 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.

By the numbers

Quick look

85

employed in 2016

88.9%

employed full-time

17.6%

self employed

0.0%
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100%
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40.5

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

88.8%

employed full-time

12.7%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

52.6%

Halifax

21.1%

Annapolis Valley

15.8%

Northern

15.8%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

100.0%

Management, Admin & Other Support

What is the age of Employment?

57.1%

25-34

28.6%

35-44

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

34.1%

45-54

33.0%

35-44

18.7%

55-64

13.2%

25-34

Top levels of education

33.3%

College certificate or diploma

$52,852 median annual income
22.2%

High school

$51,511 median annual income
16.7%

Less than high school

N/A
16.7%

Trades certificate

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.4%

Trades certificate

$40,890 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$28,089 median annual income
22.6%

College certificate or diploma

$39,023 median annual income
18.2%

Less than high school

$25,753 median annual income
2.7%

Bachelor's degree

$36,972 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Canadian Pest Management Association
13- 3120 Rutherford Road
Vaughan, ON L4K 0B2
Tel: (866) 630-2762
Fax: (866) 957-7378

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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