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Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation

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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.

    Work Activities
    • Mix pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides for application to trees, shrubs, lawns, or botanical crops.
    • Fill sprayer tanks with water and chemicals, according to formulas.
    • Lift, push, and swing nozzles, hoses, and tubes to direct spray over designated areas.
    • Identify lawn or plant diseases to determine the appropriate course of treatment.
    • Cover areas to specified depths with pesticides, applying knowledge of weather conditions, droplet sizes, elevation-to-distance ratios, and obstructions.
    • Start motors and engage machinery, such as sprayer agitators or pumps or portable spray equipment.
    • Connect hoses and nozzles selected according to terrain, distribution pattern requirements, types of infestations, and velocities.
    • Clean or service machinery to ensure operating efficiency, using water, gasoline, lubricants, or hand tools.
    • Provide driving instructions to truck drivers to ensure complete coverage of designated areas, using hand and horn signals.
    • Plant grass with seed spreaders and operate straw blowers to cover seeded areas with mixtures of asphalt and straw.
    Skills
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    3
    Abilities
    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    Knowledge
    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $32,020/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $15.39/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 1,030
    • Yearly Projected Openings 110
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Independence
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    Tools
    • Sprayers
    • Spray truck
    • Seeder attachment
    • Fog or mist generators
    • Facial shields
    Technology
    • Inventory management software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.