The National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA’s) board of directors unanimously approved a comprehensive workforce development initiative to help attract and retain qualified talent in the pest control industry.
“The timing is right for our organization to address the long-standing need for skilled workers in professional pest control,” says NPMA CEO Dominique Stumpf. “Our members have shared that the number one thing standing between their business and continued growth is a lack of workers – and when individual companies are unable to grow, the industry is unable to grow. The National Pest Management Association is taking action now to fuel and drive greater awareness around the many job opportunities, career growth possibilities and earning potential that exists in the industry today.”
According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pest control workers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations, which is 5 percent.
“We have been listening closely to the needs of our members, and are so pleased to bring this comprehensive initiative to the industry,” says Chris Gorecki, NPMA president and VP of operational support at Rollins. “We will position NPMA as an advocate for prospective and current employees with a top priority on attracting field technicians and other roles to our great industry, effectively building a pipeline of qualified candidates to help all NPMA members meet business demand.”
The group will develop a new external website dedicated to promoting careers in professional pest control, along with corresponding social media for Facebook and LinkedIn to help drive awareness of professional pest control as a desirable career path.