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Termite service technicians needed regionally
Termite service technicians needed regionally © auremar/Shutterstock.com
  • Median annual pay: $30,340
  • Job growth: 26 percent

In the world of pest control, some technicians can 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, N.J., and J.C. Ehrlich Co. of Reading, Pa.

Outdoor jobs in this field are expected to grow by 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the BLS. But, they are more prevalent in areas such as the southeastern U.S. where there is a high concentration of termites, Fredericks says.

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