Careers in Entomology

Major in Insect Biology at Purdue, and you might become the scientist who:

  • Rids the world of malaria, West Nile virus, and other arthropod-borne diseases
  • Helps NASA design a new planetary lander that walks like an insect
  • Breaks the genetic code of a major pest insect
  • Develops K-12 science curricula
  • Tames killer bees
  • Protects the environment
  • Invents a revolutionary pest control technology
  • Discovers and names a new species of insect

More specifically, insect biologists have careers in:

  • Government: EPA, USDA, CDC, NASA, and FDA
  • Industry: agrochemical, biotechnology, pest control, seed companies, and landscaping firms
  • Education: universities and colleges, K–12 classrooms, museums, zoos, science, environmental, and nature centers.

Some insect biologists also:

  • Start pest control companies
  • Become directors of museums
  • Become CEOs of major corporations
  • Become innovative farmers
  • Run eco-tourism companies
  • Develop special effects for the motion picture industry
  • Become veterinarians, dentists, and medical doctors
  • Win awards for excellence in teaching
  • Win Pulitzer Prizes
  • Win World Food Prizes

Graduates of Purdue's Insect Biology program hold the following positions:
Employer Position Location
A. E. Staley Manufacturing Quality Control Lafayette, Indiana
Abell Pest Control Business Owner Ontario, Canada
Agricultural Chemical Group, FMC Corporation Entomologist Princeton, New Jersey
Agriculture Growth Research, Inc. Researcher Hollandale, Minnesota
All-Rite Pest Control President/Entomologist Lexington, Kentucky
AMF Pest Management Services, Inc. President Boca Raton, Florida
Assured Pest Control, Inc. Business owner St. Charles, Illinois
Auburn University Professor (Teaching/Extension) Auburn, Alabama
Baxter Healthcare Associate Director, Regulatory Affairs McGaw Park, Illinois
Bayer Corporation Research Biologist/Research Product Manager; Field Research Representative Oxford, Indiana/Kansas City, Missouri
Bayer CropScience Sales Omaha, Nebraska
Bayer Environmental Science Senior Field Development; Technical Service Representative Aex, North Carolina
Bell Pest Control, Inc. CEO Amarillo, Texas
Bishop Museum Collections Manager-Coleoptera Honolulu, Hawaii
Bordeek Vineyard Owner-Manager Terre Haute, Indiana
Bugmaster Technical Director, Entomologist Austin, Texas
Burt's Termite & Pest Control, Inc. Field Representative Columbus, Indiana
Cal-Poly State University-College of Agriculture Associate Dean San Luis Obispo, California
Cherry Creek Orchards Owner/Manager Pontotoc, Mississippi
Cincinnati Zoo Pest Control Manager Cincinnati, Ohio
Circle City Pest Control Owner Indianapolis, Indiana
CNPMS/EMBRAPA Researcher Sete Lagoas, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Colonie Animal Hospital Veterinarian/Owner Albany, New York
Colorado State University Regional Program Manager Fort Collins, Colorado
Cook Group Patent Office Registered Patent Agent Bloomington, Indiana
Cooperative Extension Administration, University of Arizona Entomologist; Professor Tucson, Arizona
Cornell University Extension Associate-Field Crops Specialist Newark, New York
Crop Science Department, Cal-Poly State University Entomologist San Luis Obispo, California
Davey Tree Expert Company Research Entomologist Kent, Ohio
Del Monte Fresh Produce Co. Senior Director Pesticide Control and Technical Services Coral Gables, Florida
Del Monte Foods Research Entomologist DeKalb, Illinois/ Miami, Florida
Department of Biochemistry, Kansas State University Professor of Biochemistry Manhattan, Kansas
Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University Professor of Urban and Industrial Entomology Raleigh, North Carolina
Department of Entomology, Penn State University Professor of Entomology, Research Entomologist, Forage Entomologist University Park, Pennsylvania
Department of Entomology, Purdue University Professor, Assistant Professor, Research and Extension Entomologist, Lab Technician, Teaching Assistant West Lafayette, Indiana
Department of Entomology, Texas A & M Professor of Entomology College Station, Texas
Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida Professor Gainesville, Florida
Department of Plant Pathology, University of Nebraska Professor Emeritus Lincoln, Nebraska
Department of Plant, Soil, and Entomological Sciences, University of Idaho Department Head Moscow, Idaho
Dow Agro Sciences Product Development Manager, Field Research and Development Scientist
Senior Scientist Level
Carmel, Indiana/Indianapolis, Indiana/Jacksonville, Florida
DuPont Crop Protection Products Research Associate; Asia Pacific R & D Manager Wilmington, Delaware/Newark, Delaware
Ensystex, Inc. Technical Director; Urban Entomologist Fayetteville, North Carolina
Evergreen State College Environmental Studies Professor Olympia, Washington
Florida A&M University Public Health Entomology Research and Education Center Associate Professor Panama City, Florida
Fort Valley Nursery, Inc. Co-owner, Retail Manager Woodstock, Virginia
Frontier Co-op Crops Specialist Lebanon, Indiana
Gluesenkamps Designscape Landscape Scientist; High School Science Teacher Nashville, Indiana
Griffin LLC Technical Service Representative Chico, California
GROWMARK, Inc. Insecticide/Fungicide Technical Specialist Bloomington, Illinois
Hatfield Pest Control Owner/Entomologist LaPorte, Indiana
Hennepin County Attorney's Office Assistant County Attorney Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hoffer Crane Service Owner/Operator Atwood, Texas
House Center-TQ Realty Owner/Broker North Andover, Maryland
Huntington Nursery Inc. Landscape Foreman; Lawn Care Manager Huntington, Indiana
Indiana Department of Environmental Management Chief, OWQ WW Inspection Section Brownsburg, Indiana
Indiana Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Biologist Trafalgar, Indiana
Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology Entomologist/Nursery Inspector, State Entomologist, Division Director Tell City, Indiana/Zionsville, Indiana
Illinois Natural History Survey Director, Center for Economic Entomology; Research Entomologist Champaign, Illinois
Indiana State University Professor of Plant Ecology Terre Haute, Indiana
Insects Limited, Inc. Owner Indianapolis, Indiana
International Pollination Systems President Caldwell, Idaho
Idaho State University Entomologist, Professor of Biological Sciences Pocatello, Idaho
Iowa State University Professor, Veterinary Parasitology; Professor emeritus Ames, Iowa
J. M. Waller Associates, Inc. Pest Management Specialist Goose Creek, South Carolina
Knox County Schools Chemistry Teacher Knoxville, Tennessee
Lund Technical Services Consultant Wilmington, Delaware
McCammon Trucking, Inc. Financial Officer Hartford City, Indiana
Mississippi State University Extension Service County Agent, County Coordinator Starkville, Mississippi
Monsanto Project Leader, Insect Control Entomology and Automation Chesterfield, Missouri
NCH Corporation Head of Entomology and Agronomy Irving, Texas
Nettles Tree Farm Owner Trafalgar, Indiana
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Deputy Permit Administrator Stony Brook, New York
North Carolina State University Professor, Co-Director For Turfgrass Environmental Research and Education; Assistant Professor; Research Technician Raleigh, North Carolina
Pest Control Services, Inc. Company President Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Pest Management Associates, Inc. President/General Manager Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Pestagon Termite & Pest Management, Inc. Business Owner Sarasota, Florida
Plunketts Pest Control Owner, Technical Director St. Paul, Minnesota
Quinault Indian Nation Communications Manager Taholah, Washington
Reliable Exterminators, Inc. PCO Maryville, Illinois
Rhone Poulenc Agriculture Company Research Entomologist Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
S. C. Johnson & Johnson Research Associate Racine, Wisconsin
Self-employed Farmer Palouse, Washington
Syngenta Crop Protection Sales Representative, Field Research Scientist Zionsville, Indiana/Attica, Indiana
Systematic Entomology Laboratory Research Entomologist Washington, DC
Terminix International Senior Vice President Cordova, Tennessee
Texas A & M University Extension Entomologist; Distinguished Professor; Associate Vice President for Research; Urban Entomologist Corpus Christi; College Station; Dallas Texas
Texas Cooperative Extension Extension Entomologist Uvalde, Texas
The Birchard System, Pest Control Service President, General Manager West Simsbury, Connecticut
Thiel College Professor Emerita Greenville, Pennsylvania
Tokheim Corporation Senior Programmer Fort Wayne, Indiana
Troy Biosciences Incorporated Director of Scientific Affairs Phoenix, Arizona
United States Environmental Protection Agency Entomologist Alexandria, Virginia
University of Arizona Entomology Professor, Chemical Ecologist Tucson, Arizona
University of California, U.S. Cooperative Extension County Director, Vegetable and Pest Management Advisor Santa Maria, California
University of Florida Professor, PhD Candidate Gainsville, Florida
University of Georgia Assistant Professor, Extension Entomologist Griffin, Georgia
University of Illinois Research Programmer, Assistant Professor, Extension Specialist Urbana, Illinois
University of Nebraska Research Technologist Lincoln, Nebraska
USDA-APHIS-PPD-ES Toxicologist Riverdale, Maryland
USDA-APHIS-PPQ Identifier (Taxonomist of Entomology) Los Indios, Texas
USDA-ARS Research Entomologist, Senior Research Scientist, Adjunct Professor of Entomology Gainesville, Florida/Tifton, Georgia/ Stillwater, Oklahoma/ Knoxville, Tennessee
USDA Forest Service Project Leader; Assistant Director Hamden, Connecticut; Newton Square, Pennsylvania
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service District Conservationist Williamsport, Indiana
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Senior Environmental Scientist Fort Meade, Maryland
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Supervisory Entomologist; Laboratory Director Bothell, Washington
Virginia Tech Professor, Director of Cooperative Extension, Associate Dean of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Blacksburg, Virginia
Washington and Jefferson College Professor of Biology Washington, Pennsylvania
Washington State University-Cooperative Extension Tree Fruit Extension Agent Yakima, Washington
Western Fumigation Entomologist/Inspector Lester, Pennsylvania
Western Pest Services Regional Entomologist Leesburg, Virginia
WIL Research Labs, Inc., Toxicology Testing Lab Research Entomologist Ashland, Ohio
Youngstown State University Professor of Biology Youngstown, Ohio