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Entomologists are responsible for researching the growth, nutrition, behavior, and how insects interact with plants. They are considered scientists and their main focus lies on the study and research of insects.


What responsibilities will I have?

  • Monitor insect feeding behavior, insect physiology, plant-insect interactions, insect feeding biology
  • Visit farm and other research trial plots to collect insect samples
  • Weigh, formulate and apply experimental and commercial insecticides to pest targets and their habitats
  • Prepare and deliver documented proposals and reports for establish research trials
  • Design and implementation of research plans to support the selection of new insecticide products
  • Manage trial establishment and collection of data
  • Budget for research work and provide management reporting in regard to trial/research progress


What education and training is required?

A doctoral degree in entomology, biology or zoology is required to become an entomologist.


To pursue a career as an Entomologist:

The following high school courses are recommended:agricultural education, a focus on sciences such as earth science, chemistry, biology, botany and mathematics.


Where can I work?  What will my hours be?

Typical employers: conservation organizations, and colleges or universities.  You may also be self-employed as a consultant in entomology.


Future Job Market/Outlook:

For those with a doctoral degree the outlook for entomology is good.  Those with a masters or bachelor’s degrees may be able to find employment but advancement opportunities will be limited.


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations:

  • Soil Science Society of America
  • National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants
  • American Society of Agronomy
  • Crop Science Society of America
  • Weed Science Society of America
  • American Entomological Society
  • Entomological Society of America
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