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Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, & Applicators, Vegetation

Also called: Lawn Specialist, Lawn Technician, Licensed Pesticide Applicator, Spray Technician

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps.

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:
  • Mix pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides for application to trees, shrubs, lawns, or botanical crops.
  • Fill sprayer tanks with water and chemicals, according to formulas.
  • Lift, push, and swing nozzles, hoses, and tubes to direct spray over designated areas.


  • customer service
  • management
Math and Science
  • biology
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


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


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
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Rate calculation software
  • Unit conversion software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Customer database software
Inventory management software
  • Materials inventory software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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