An entomologist is someone who specifically focuses on the scientific study of insects, with most entomologists focusing on a specific type of insect and developing methods for preventing the importation and spread of destructive insects.
A master's or doctoral degree in entomology, zoology, biology, or a related field may be required for this position. A master's degree typically takes about two-three years of work after earning a four-year bachelor's degree. A doctorate may take an additional two-three years of work after the master's degree is earned, depending on the specific program. Applicants with doctorates will probably be preferred.
The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. There will likely be a lot of competition for these positions in universities.
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Entomologists work for governments, post-secondary institutions, and museums. Chemical manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies also hire entomologists to conduct research and present new products for professionals in forestry, agriculture, and medical communities. They may also work for independent companies to advise clients in insect control. An entomologist typically works a standard 40-hour week, especially when working in research. They work both indoors conducting lab experiments and outdoors collecting specimens in the field. Field work can be strenuous and might require relocating to remote locations for extended periods of time.
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