Termite service technicians
Average annual pay: $34,080
In the world of pest control, some technicians choose to specialize in termite control. A termite service technician will visit multiple homes and commercial buildings per day, trying to resolve an infestation of termites.
According to Fredericks, they typically use heavy equipment because there is drilling and digging trenches involved in resolving termite problems. All a termite service technician needs is a high school diploma.
"It's often a more entry-level position," says Fredericks, noting the average salary is $12 to $17 per hour. The BLS put the median pay in 2010 at $30,340 per year, or $14.59 per hour.
The majority of termite service technicians work for small companies, although there are a few large ones including Western Pest Services of Parsippany, New Jersey, and J.C. Ehrlich Co. of Reading, Pennsylvania.
According to the BLS, outdoor jobs in this field are expected to be stable from 2014 to 2024 with only a 1% decrease in growth. But, they are more prevalent in areas such as the southeast, where there is a high concentration of termites, Fredericks says.