Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation:

Mix or apply pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides through sprays, dusts, vapors, soil incorporation, or chemical application on trees, shrubs, lawns, or botanical crops. Usually requires specific training and State or Federal certification.

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Indiana Average Salary $40,160.00
Average Time to Fill 62 days
Typical Education High school equivalency
Typical Experience None
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 1,679
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 7.94 %

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Skills Profile



Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Work Ethic
Information Gathering
Professionalism
Critical Thinking
Following Directions
Decision-making

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Handling and Moving Objects

Mix chemicals safely according to instructions
Prepare chemicals for work application
Paint vehicles, structures and objects using spraying equipment
Treat greenery or surfaces with protective substances
Don/Doff agricultural, farming, or forestry related Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Operate portable hand spray equipment
Install pest control devices and equipment

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

Identify characteristics of insects, pests, and diseases
Identify characteristics of plants, crops, and tree species
Identify native and non-native species
Identify desirable and undesirable vegetation

Performing General Physical Activities

Apply herbicides, fertilizers, or pesticides
Plant greenery to improve landscape appearance
Move heavy objects in agricultural, farming, or forestry settings
Clean equipment or supplies

Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment

Operate grounds maintenance equipment
Maintain physical building or grounds of property
Maintain grounds keeping equipment and tools
Maintain equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning


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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Inventory Control
Agronomy
Environmental Health and Safety


Related Licensing Requirements


Public Technician, Licensed (18-0000000213)

Any person (individual, partnership, corporation, etc.) who applies pesticides for hire, within the state of Indiana, to the property of another or who advertises that they apply pesticides for hire must obtain an Indiana pesticide business license from the Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC). If your base of operation is outside the state of Indiana, an Indiana pesticide business license may be obtained through reciprocity with the state from which the business is operating. Example: If the business is operating from Ohio, the applicator's reciprocity will need to be based on Ohio certification exams. An Indiana pesticide business license and an Indiana applicator license are separate and distinct. An Indiana applicator license can be issued on to a certified applicator. A certified applicator is someone who has passed certification exams to apply pesticides and/or supervise the application of pesticides. Any person who is not a certified and licensed applicator but is using pesticides under off-site supervision of a certified applicator is required to be a registered technician (RT) in the state of Indiana. Individuals seeking an Indiana registered technician registration (RT), must have passed a written Core exam covering pesticide laws, general pest biology, pesticide formulations, personal and environmental safety and label comprehension. To obtain an Indiana Pesticide Business License, a firm must: 1: Employ at least one certified pesticide applicator. 2: Submit a completed application form for the business and each applicator and technician. 3: Submit annual fees of $45.00 for the business and $45.00 for each certified applicator and registered technician. 4: Submit a certificate of insurance (see Insurance Requirement for Licensed Businesses)

- Indiana State Chemist Office~Pesticide Section~Purdue (7654941492)
- http://www.isco.purdue.edu/pesticide/index_pest1.html

Public, Pesticide Applicator Licensed (18-0000000211)

355 IAC 4-0.5-4 "Licensed public applicator" defined Authority: IC 15-16-5-44; IC 15-16-5-45 Affected: IC 15-16-5 Sec. 4. (a) "Licensed public applicator" means a licensed certified commercial applicator who, as an employee of a state agency, municipal corporation, or other governmental agency, uses or supervises the use of: (1) a restricted use pesticide; or (2) any pesticide in a potentially hazardous situation or site as determined by the Indiana pesticide review board by rule. (b) The term does not include the following: (1) A doctor of veterinary medicine. (2) A medical doctor. (3) An applicator who uses only the following nonrestricted use pesticides: (A) Germicides. (B) Disinfectants. (C) Bactericides. (D) Sanitizers. (E) Water purifiers. (F) Swimming pool chemicals. (State Chemist of the State of Indiana; 355 IAC 4-0.5-4; filed Nov 22, 1999, 3:39 p.m.: 23 IR 777; readopted filed Nov 21, 2001, 10:17 a.m.: 25 IR 1269; readopted filed Sep 20, 2007, 1:46 p.m.: 20071010-IR-355070484RFA)

- Indiana State Chemist Office~Pesticide Section~Purdue (7654941492)
- http://www.isco.purdue.edu/pesticide/index_pest1.html

For Hire, Pesticide Applicator Licensed (18-0000000209)

355 IAC 4-0.5-2 "Licensed applicator for hire" defined Authority: IC 15-16-5-44; IC 15-16-5-45 Affected: IC 15-16-5 Sec. 2. "Licensed applicator for hire" means any licensed certified commercial applicator who is employed by a licensed pesticide business and is directly responsible for the use or supervision of the use of any pesticide on the property of another. (State Chemist of the State of Indiana; 355 IAC 4-0.5-2; filed Nov 22, 1999, 3:39 p.m.: 23 IR 776; readopted filed Nov 21, 2001, 10:17 a.m.: 25 IR 1269; readopted filed Sep 20, 2007, 1:46 p.m.: 20071010-IR-355070484RFA)

- Indiana State Chemist Office~Pesticide Section~Purdue (7654941492)
- http://www.isco.purdue.edu/pesticide/index_pest1.html

Pesticide Applicator Certified, Not Licensed (18-0000000010)

For Hire: Supervises use of pesticides on the property of others. Not For Hire: Supervises the use of pesticides only on own property or property of employer. Public: Supervises use of pesticides as an employee of federal, state, or local government. Many of these licenses/certifications require a fee in addition to a written exam (which is often given as part of a training program). More specific information may be obtained directly from the Office of the Indiana State Chemist.

- Indiana State Chemist Office~Pesticide Section~Purdue (7654941492)
- http://www.isco.purdue.edu/pesticide/index_pest1.html

Registered Technician, Licensed (18-0000000212)

355 IAC 4-2-8 Technician registration requirements Authority: IC 15-16-5-44 Affected: IC 15-16-5-60 Sec. 8. (a) To become a registered technician, an individual must do the following: (1) Pass the commercial applicator core examination described in 355 IAC 4-1-2.1. (2) Submit an application on a form provided by the state chemist. (3) Submit the thirty dollar ($30) technician registration fee. (b) Registration shall remain in force from the date of passing the examination through December 31 of the fourth year following the year during which the examination was passed unless revoked or suspended. (c) The registration period may be extended indefinitely for an additional five (5) years if the registered technician accumulates at least eight (8) continuing registration credits by attending at least two (2) state chemist approved continuing registration programs while the registration is in force. (d) Annual registration credentials shall expire on December 31 unless renewed by a payment of a thirty dollar ($30) renewal fee by that date. Renewal after December 31 shall include a late fee of thirty dollars ($30) as established by IC 15-3-3.6-12.1 [IC 15-3 was repealed by P.L.2-2008, SECTION 83, effective July 1, 2008. See IC 15-16-5-60.] in addition to the thirty dollar ($30) renewal fee. (e) The registration credential shall be in the possession of the registered technician at all times the technician is at a work site as defined in section 1(4) of this rule. (State Chemist of the State of Indiana; 355 IAC 4-2-8; filed Sep 20, 2001, 3:54 p.m.: 25 IR 377; readopted filed Nov 21, 2001, 10:17 a.m.: 25 IR 1269; filed Aug 18, 2005, 4:30 p.m.: 29 IR 6; readopted filed Sep 20, 2007, 1:46 p.m.: 20071010-IR-355070484RFA)

- Indiana State Chemist Office~Pesticide Section~Purdue (7654941492)
- http://www.isco.purdue.edu/pesticide/index_pest1.html

Not for Hire, Pesticide Applicator Licensed (18-0000000210)

355 IAC 4-0.5-3 "Licensed applicator not for hire" defined Authority: IC 15-16-5-44; IC 15-16-5-45 Affected: IC 15-16-5 Sec. 3. (a) "Licensed applicator not for hire" means a licensed certified commercial applicator who is employed by a private employer to use or supervise the use of: (1) a restricted use pesticide on the property of the employer; or (2) any pesticide on the property of the employer in a potentially hazardous situation or site as determined by the Indiana pesticide review board by rule. (b) The term does not include the following: (1) A doctor of veterinary medicine. (2) A medical doctor. (3) An applicator who uses only the following nonrestricted use pesticides: (A) Germicides. (B) Disinfectants. (C) Bactericides. (D) Sanitizers. (E) Water purifiers. (F) Swimming pool chemicals.

- Indiana State Chemist Office~Pesticide Section~Purdue (7654941492)
- http://www.isco.purdue.edu/pesticide/index_pest1.html


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