YOUR CAREER AS AN
ENTOMOLOGIST/PEST MANAGER

An entomologist or pest manager undertakes research on ways to monitor or control insect pests that would otherwise negatively impact the growth, health and characteristics of trees. They may study resistance of the trees, or how the insects interact with other insects. They may implement trapping, surveillance, identification, biological control or spray technologies to reduce populations down to harmless levels. Some entomologists are ecologists who study native insects and their taxonomy (naming) and the role they fulfil in natural forest ecosystems.

SNAPSHOT INFO

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Earning Potential

$55,000 – $125,000

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Qualification Required

Science degree + postgraduate specialisation

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Physically Demanding

Generally involves fieldwork

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Absence from home

Varies depending on job

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS

Entomologists and pest management scientists have a science degree majoring in zoology or ecology followed by a Masters or Doctorate that specialised in an insect or invertebrate community, or spray technologies for treating insect pests.

Skills required include:

See the Careers NZ website for more information about science careers in forestry.

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CAREER PROGRESSION

Researchers can move into more senior research positions and management roles, and consultancy. There is also potential for an academic career e.g. at a university. There is often the opportunity to work overseas for varying periods of time.