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 work for 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 205 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Pest Controllers and Fumigators most commonly work full-time hours. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 68% 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

$13.50

Minimum

$27.25

Median

$35.50

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 work for pest control companies, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties

Pest controllers and fumigators:

  • 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 cost estimate 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 like skunks or raccoons.
  • Install animal control barriers like 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

You should be in good physical condition to be able to inspect sites that often require kneeling, bending, and crawling in tight spaces. You should be comfortable working with a variety of chemicals and wearing protective gear like respirators, gloves, and goggles. Customer service skills can also be an asset.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • 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

Movement to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

95

employed in 2016

89.5%

employed full-time

21.1%

self employed

10.5%
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89.5%
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40.5

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

85.9%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

50.0%

Halifax

20.0%

Annapolis Valley

15.0%

North Shore

15.0%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

100.0%

Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services

What is the age of Employment?

25.0%

25-34

25.0%

35-44

15.0%

55-64

15.0%

45-54

10.0%

65+

10.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

24.4%

45-54

22.1%

55-64

17.7%

35-44

17.7%

25-34

10.9%

15-24

Top levels of education

25.0%

High school

N/A
25.0%

College Diploma

N/A
20.0%

Less than high school

N/A
20.0%

Trade Certification

N/A
10.0%

Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Trade Certification

$46,494 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$31,260 median annual income
22.3%

College Diploma

$42,050 median annual income
18.7%

Less than high school

$28,319 median annual income
2.8%

Bachelor

$30,527 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

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

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

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
Vaughan, ON

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.