Entomologists study insects' habitats and how insects evolve. They also
develop ways to control harmful insects. They research and control insect-borne
diseases, and discover and study new species of insects. They also teach students
about insects and create public awareness about insects in general.
Basically, entomology is about bugs.
Entomologists have the option of working in several different fields. Although
all of them deal with bugs, some entomologists choose to work in an agriculture
or forestry environment.
Others might decide to work with bees (apiculture), or in veterinary entomology,
insect ecology or medical entomology. Entomologists often work with other
scientists to try and solve a particular bug problem, such as the spreading
of an insect-borne disease.
All levels of government employ many entomologists. Universities, pest
control companies and even chemical producers may also employ entomologists.
Entomologists spend time in both the field and the lab. They spend most of
their time indoors.
Jim Jones is an entomologist. He says government cutbacks resulted in the
loss of some entomology jobs. That has created some competition for those
entering the workforce.
Entomologists generally work a standard workday. Entomologist Mark Goettel
says it's not uncommon for entomologists to work later, especially when working
Joan Herbers is an entomologist with Colorado State University. She says
she usually works from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Entomologists may travel, on average, four to six times a year, depending
on their positions and their employers. They sometimes need to attend meetings,
speak at conferences or travel to perform fieldwork.
Entomology is not a physically demanding career. But entomologists do spend
time working out in the field. You should be prepared to do some lifting.
Be aware that you may be working in adverse weather conditions.
Remember that working outside is generally more physically demanding than
working inside. Some entomologists may be required to live in remote areas.
That depends on the area of work you choose.