Pest management technicians always in demand
- Median annual pay: $30,340
- Job growth: 26 percent
Every area of the country has pests to contend with, whether those pests are bedbugs or roaches, which is why the pest control field is one of those outdoor jobs that's projected to grow at a rate of 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, which is faster than the average occupation, the BLS says.
Pest management involves controlling or removing unwanted pests. Pest management technicians aren't millionaires, but they can earn a decent salary, considering you don't need a college degree.
According to Jim Fredericks, director of technical services at the Fairfax, Va.-based National Pest Management Association, pest management technicians typically earn $13 to $20 per hour, depending on experience, and are employed mainly by small, independent companies. There are a few large companies, including Orkin Pest Control of Atlanta and Terminix of Memphis, Tenn.
According to a 2010 BLS estimate, pest control workers can earn a median wage of $30,340 per year, or $14.59 per hour.