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.

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.

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 - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

21 Woodlawn Road

Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7

(902) 491-4900

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus

PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road

Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0

(902) 875-8640

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

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

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