Build Your Future in Pest Management
The Pest Management program is intended for those who wish to pursue a career in pest control for hire. Courses range from entomology, plant pathology, and integrated pest management to plant identification and landscape management. Students will assess the impact that pests and control measures have on the environment and agricultural products. In order to apply pesticides for hire, an employer must have personnel licensed by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. This program provides the broad-based background to pass the various certification examinations required by the state. There are hundreds of employers in Orange County who employ holders of the Pest Control Advisor’s License, Qualified Applicator’s License and Qualified Applicator’s Certificate. This certificate program prepares students to take these examinations, and maintain their licenses with continuing education hours.
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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The cost is $46 per unit. Non-resident tuition: $258 per unit PLUS enrollment fees (Non-Resident Tuition includes $19.00 Capital Outlay fee per Ed Code 76141).
Costs may vary; please visit website for more information: http://admissions.fullcoll.edu/fees-refunds/.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Associate degree or certificate completion depends on program unit requirements and whether student is enrolled full-time or part-time.
WHAT ARE THE JOBS AND HOW MUCH DO THEY PAY?
For information on jobs in this industry sector and their median annual salaries visit: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/.
• Landscape Specialist
• Landscape Technician
• Farm Manager
• Garden Center Manager
• Greenhouse Manager
• Harvesting Manager
• Nursery Manager
• Chemical Applicator
• Integrated Pest Management Technician (IPM Technician)
• Lawn Specialist
• Lawn Technician
• Licensed Pesticide Applicator
• Pest Control Technician
WHAT IS THE JOB OUTLOOK?
Employment of farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers is projected to show little or no change from 2016 to 2026. Over the past several decades, the efficiencies of large-scale crop production have led to the consolidation of acreage under fewer, but larger, farms. As farms become larger, they are able to invest more in productivity-enhancing technologies, reinforcing this effect.
Despite steady demand for agricultural products, many small farms operate with slim profit margins and are vulnerable to poor market conditions. As in the past, operators of smaller farms will likely continue to exit the business over the next decade.
WHAT IS THE JOB OUTLOOK IN CALIFORNIA?
Employment of pest control workers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
Some people may choose to control pests themselves rather than pay for professional pest control services. However, the growing number of invasive species, such as stink bugs, may increase demand for pest control services.
Average Salary in this Field
$58,640 Per Year
Careers in this Field
Pest Control Workers
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