Entomologists are scientists who focus specifically on the study of insects. They examine insect growth, behavior, nutrition and how they interact with plants. Additionally, they design and implement research plans to support the selection of new insecticide products.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Monitor insect feeding behavior and biology
  • Visit farms and other research trial plots to collect insect samples
  • Apply experimental and commercial insecticides to target pests and their habitats
  • Improve insect performance in terms of growth and survival
  • Prepare and deliver documented proposals and reports to establish research trials
  • Design and implement research plans to support the selection of new insecticide products
  • Manage and establish trials and the collection of data
  • Prepare and follow a budget for research work and expenses
  • Provide management reporting in regard to trial and research progress
  • Write research papers, reports and scholarly articles that explain findings
  • Monitor submitted samples for identification, pest interception, survey data and pest detection techniques
  • Ensure high-quality data is produced and delivered in a timely manner

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • mathematics
  • statistics
  • focus on sciences such as earth science, plant science, animal science, chemistry and biology

Education/Training Required:

A doctoral degree in entomology, natural resources, biology, zoology or a related field is required to become an entomologist.