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Pest Management


Programs in pest management teach people how to protect crops and gardens from insects, animals, and weeds.

Pest management programs include topics such as:


A few community colleges and other two-year schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in pest management. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

A few colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in pest management. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

A few universities offer graduate degrees in pest management. This program may be offered as a concentration in an entomology program. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

Proprietary schools, colleges, and universities all offer this program. If you want to study at a proprietary school, you can prepare for this program of study by completing your high school diploma or getting a GED. If you want to study at a college or university, you can prepare for this program by taking the following courses: four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Most on-the-job training programs also require some classroom study, either by correspondence, distance learning, or on campus.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

In this undergraduate program, you typically take courses such as the following:

Many programs offer internships as part of their curriculums. This is an opportunity for you to gain hands-on experience in one of a variety of real-life pest management settings. These settings include chemical, seed, or biotechnology companies; nurseries; and corporate farms.

Advisors in your program typically help you secure an internship or at least give you the leads to secure one yourself. You benefit from choosing an internship that matches the aspect of the field that most interests you. You also usually benefit from the guidance and direct supervision of an experienced professional in the field.

Things to Know

Many pesticides and herbicides are toxic chemicals. Because of this, many states require you to be certified, registered, or licensed in order to work with them. The processes for certification, registration, or licensure typically include an exam and continuing education. This is because pest management technology and regulations often change and you need to stay up to date.


East Side Area

Washington State University - Pullman

Spokane Area

Spokane Community College