We surveyed 396 exterminators to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical exterminator. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as an exterminator?

Low

High

Working as an exterminator typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become an exterminator?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as an exterminator typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as an exterminator?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically not very difficult to find a job as an exterminator. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for exterminators.

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Do exterminators work full-time or part-time?

86% of exterminators work in full-time roles while 14% work part-time.

Is being an exterminator stressful?

Low

High

Exterminators tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as an exterminator?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being an exterminator.

How competitive is the workplace for exterminators?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for exterminators.

Does being an exterminator require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for exterminators.

Are exterminators allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Exterminators rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do exterminators have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Exterminators tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being an exterminator physically demanding?

Low

High

Being an exterminator may occasionally require demanding physical activity, which may make it not a suitable career choice for everyone.

Are exterminators exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Exterminators tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being an exterminator require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as an exterminator.

Does being a good exterminator require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as an exterminator.