Entomologist  What They Do

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dotEntomologists 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.

dotEntomologists 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.

dotEntomologists generally work a standard workday. Entomologist Mark Goettel says it's not uncommon for entomologists to work later, especially when working on research.

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.

dotEntomology 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.

At a Glance

Deal with everything related to insects

  • Some entomologists may be required to live in remote areas
  • Some choose to work in an agriculture or forestry environment
  • You'll need at least a bachelor's degree