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Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, & Applicators, Vegetation

Also called: Lawn Technician, Lawn Specialist, Spray Technician, Pesticides Applicator

What they do:
Mix or apply pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides through sprays, dusts, vapors, soil incorporation, or chemical application on trees, shrubs, lawns, or botanical crops. Usually requires specific training and State or Federal certification.
On the job, you would:
  • Fill sprayer tanks with water and chemicals, according to formulas.
  • Mix pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides for application to trees, shrubs, lawns, or botanical crops.
  • Cover areas to specified depths with pesticides, applying knowledge of weather conditions, droplet sizes, elevation-to-distance ratios, and obstructions.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

Examples of the technology used in this career will be available soon.

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$30,270
per year, on average
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