Entomology is the study of how insects relate to their environment and to man.
As an entomologist, you may choose to concentrate on the bad bugs: those that destroy
food, housing, plants and clothing, and cause discomfort and diseases in humans, livestock
and pets. Or you may choose to focus on the good bugs: those that provide food, pollinate
crops, destroy harmful insects or are food for birds and fish.
Representative Job Titles and Areas of Specialization
* See Training section
|Area Farm Advisor
||Mosquito Abatement Program *
||Pest Control Advisor
|Biological Control Consultant
||Pest Control Technician *
|Economic Entomologist *
||Pest Management Specialist *
|Expeditions (Overseas Searches)
||Pesticide Development And Analysis
||Pesticide Use Specialist
|Food-Plant Sanitation *
||Quarantine Inspector *
||Registration Specialist *
|Grain And Commodity Inspector *
||Research Assistant/Technician *
|Host Plant Resistance
||Staff Research Associate *
||Stored Products Entomologist *
||Technical Marketing Representative *
|Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
||Technical Writer/Editor *
|IPM Field Scout *
|Laboratory Assistant *
|Laboratory Technician *
||Vector Control Specialist *
Nature of the Work
Entomologists, who work in applied research, concentrate on solving specific problems
such as developing insect-resistant plants to eliminate the need for harmful pesticides.
Those who work in inspection and control investigate damage by insects to a variety
of products. They may develop or suggest accepted methods to control or eliminate
Entomologists in an academic setting are responsible for teaching, research and some
Places of Employment
||Pest control companies
|U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
|Agricultural Research Service
||Corporations involved in food,
|U.S. Forest Service
||fiber and forest products
|State departments of agriculture
||State and federal plant quarantine
||Local, state & federal departments
|Agricultural chemicals industry
||of public health
|Mosquito control agencies
Check out the jobs with asterisks. They may be obtained with a bachelor's degree depending
on the type of coursework you completed and experience you gained as an undergrad.
A master's degree is considered the minimum qualification for professional entomologists.
If you want to teach and conduct research at a university, you would need a Ph.D.
For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951)
The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.