• Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators
  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 26,090
    $16,810 range bar $40,460
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Moderately Growing
  • Pesticide handlers, sprayers, and applicators mix or apply pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides through sprays, dusts, vapors, soil incorporation, or chemical application on trees, shrubs, lawns, or botanical crops. They usually need specific training and State or Federal certification.

What do they typically do

  • Start motors and engage machinery such as sprayer agitators or pumps or portable spray equipment
  • Fill sprayer tanks with water and chemicals, according to formulas
  • Give truck drivers driving instructions to ensure complete coverage of designated areas, using hand and horn signals
  • Lift, push, and swing nozzles, hoses, and tubes to direct spray over designated areas
  • Clean or service machinery to ensure operating efficiency, using water, gasoline, lubricants, or hand tools
  • Cover areas to specified depths with pesticides, applying knowledge of weather conditions, droplet sizes, elevation-to-distance ratios, and obstructions
  • Connect hoses and nozzles selected for the terrain, distribution pattern requirements, types of infestations, and velocities
  • Mix pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides for application to trees, shrubs, lawns, or botanical crops

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +0.7%
Job Opening 62

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