Pest Control Officers

Pest control officers investigate the presence of pests that are hazardous to public health or cause nuisance, lay traps to capture pests and treat areas of infestation.


New workers

New workers start around £7,997. Normal pay is £20,799 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £34,604.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 6,891 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Treats wood for effects of termites, woodworm and other infestations of timber.

  • Returns to sites to examine contents of traps laid and the continued presence of reported pests.

  • Liaises with environmental health officers, housing officers and other relevant authorities where measures on a large scale are required to remove pests.

  • Advises property owners on courses of action to prevent the return of pests.

  • Lays traps to capture pests, and fumigates and disinfects areas to remove infestations.

  • Visits sites to investigate the presence of rodents, infestations and other pests that may be hazardous to public health.

  • Receives reports from public, property owners and authorities regarding the presence of pests and infestations.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Pest Control

  • Proofreading

  • Biology

  • Technical Services

  • Life Sciences

  • Animal Science

  • Zoology

  • Construction

  • Risk Analysis

  • Treatment Planning

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Customer Service

  • Management

  • Problem Solving

  • English Language

  • Operations

  • Sales

  • Enthusiasm

  • Planning

  • Advising

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.