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Entomologist

Entomologists study the classification, biodiversity, life cycles and ecology of insects and other arthropods, and plan and implement surveys and pest management programs.

Also Known As

Biological Scientist, Insect Biologist, Invertebrate Biologist, Research Scientist

Regulated Occupation

Employment and Advancement

Occupational outlook is currently unavailable. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Entomologists are employed by municipal, provincial and federal governments, post-secondary schools, environmental consulting companies and museums. For example, entomologists employed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency work to prevent the spread of invasive invertebrates. Pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing companies and large pest control companies also hire entomologists to conduct research and demonstrate new products for people in the agriculture, forestry and medical communities. A few entomologists are independent consultants who provide insect identification services, advise clients on insect control or conduct environmental impact assessments.

Many entomologists may begin their career as research assistants to studies conducted in post-secondary schools while still completing their undergraduate degree. Graduates of bachelor's degree programs may be hired for technical positions in research programs, entry-level government jobs such as forest health survey coordinator, customer service positions in pest control companies, or junior positions in environmental consulting companies. A PhD generally is required for independent research, administrative work or teaching at the post-secondary level.

Entomologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2121: Biologists and related scientists. In Alberta, 80% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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