Pest Controllers apply pest management techniques to control invertebrate and insect pests inside and outside domestic, commercial and industrial premises.

Also known as: Pest Control Operator or Pest Control Technician.

Specialisations: Fumigator, Termite Technician.

You can work as a Pest Controller without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Ascertains nature and extent of pest to be eradicated.
  • Sprays chemicals or lays appropriate bait, wears protective clothing if applicable.
  • May make follow-up visits to ensure eradication has been completed.

All Other Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers

  • $1,086 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Pest Controllers

  • 5,200 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 73% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 4% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Pest Controllers (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:
from 5,000 in 2011 to 5,200 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Location: Many Pest Controllers work in Queensland.
  • Industries: Most work in Administrative and Support Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (73%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (53%).
  • Gender: 4% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Administrative and Support Services89.4
Public Administration and Safety3.5
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2.3
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1.3
Other Industries3.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StatePest ControllersAll Jobs Average
NSW31.031.6
VIC13.625.6
QLD32.020.0
SA8.07.0
WA11.910.8
TAS1.22.0
NT1.21.0
ACT0.91.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPest ControllersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.2-5.05.0
20-245.6-9.39.3
25-3417.1-22.922.9
35-4423.5-22.022.0
45-5428.3-21.621.6
55-5911.6-9.09.0
60-647.7-6.06.0
65 and Over4.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationPest ControllersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.7-10.110.1
Bachelor degree6.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV44.9-21.121.1
Year 1215.2-18.118.1
Year 116.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below15.8-12.512.5

You can work as a Pest Controller without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • pest control licence
  • forklift licence
  • manual drivers licence
  • national police check

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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Employers look for Other Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers who are fit, reliable and can work independently when needed but also as part of a team.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    61% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Chemistry

    44% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  3. Biology

    43% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  4. Public Safety and Security

    41% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  5. Sales and Marketing

    40% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 37-2021.00 - Pest Control Workers.

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Demands

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  1. In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment

    99% Important

    How often do you work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car)?

  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    94% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  3. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

    93% Important

    How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

  4. Telephone

    93% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  5. Exposed to Contaminants

    91% Important

    How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 37-2021.00 - Pest Control Workers.

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