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

Preserve Species and Protect the Environment
Protect People and Property
Solve Crimes


Graduates of Purdue's Insect Biology program hold the following positions:
A. E. Staley ManufacturingQuality Control Lafayette, Indiana
Abell Pest ControlBusiness OwnerOntario, Canada
Agricultural Chemical Group, FMC CorporationEntomologistPrinceton, New Jersey
Agriculture Growth Research, Inc.ResearcherHollandale, Minnesota
All-Rite Pest ControlPresident/EntomologistLexington, Kentucky
AMF Pest Management Services, Inc.PresidentBoca Raton, Florida
Assured Pest Control, Inc.Business ownerSt. Charles, Illinois
Auburn UniversityProfessor (Teaching/Extension)Auburn, Alabama
Baxter HealthcareAssociate Director, Regulatory AffairsMcGaw Park, Illinois
Bayer CorporationResearch Biologist/Research Product Manager; Field Research RepresentativeOxford, Indiana/Kansas City, Missouri
Bayer CropScienceSalesOmaha, Nebraska
Bayer Environmental ScienceSenior Field Development; Technical Service RepresentativeAex, North Carolina
Bell Pest Control, Inc.CEOAmarillo, Texas
Bishop MuseumCollections Manager-ColeopteraHonolulu, Hawaii
Bordeek VineyardOwner-ManagerTerre Haute, Indiana
BugmasterTechnical Director, EntomologistAustin, Texas
Burt's Termite & Pest Control, Inc.Field RepresentativeColumbus, Indiana
Cal-Poly State University-College of AgricultureAssociate DeanSan Luis Obispo, California
Cherry Creek OrchardsOwner/ManagerPontotoc, Mississippi
Cincinnati ZooPest Control ManagerCincinnati, Ohio
Circle City Pest ControlOwnerIndianapolis, Indiana
CNPMS/EMBRAPAResearcherSete Lagoas, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Colonie Animal HospitalVeterinarian/OwnerAlbany, New York
Colorado State UniversityRegional Program ManagerFort Collins, Colorado
Cook Group Patent OfficeRegistered Patent AgentBloomington, Indiana
Cooperative Extension Administration, University of ArizonaEntomologist; ProfessorTucson, Arizona
Cornell UniversityExtension Associate-Field Crops SpecialistNewark, New York
Crop Science Department, Cal-Poly State UniversityEntomologistSan Luis Obispo, California
Davey Tree Expert CompanyResearch EntomologistKent, Ohio
Del Monte Fresh Produce Co.Senior Director Pesticide Control and Technical ServicesCoral Gables, Florida
Del Monte FoodsResearch EntomologistDeKalb, Illinois/ Miami, Florida
Department of Biochemistry, Kansas State UniversityProfessor of BiochemistryManhattan, Kansas
Department of Entomology, North Carolina State UniversityProfessor of Urban and Industrial EntomologyRaleigh, North Carolina
Department of Entomology, Penn State UniversityProfessor of Entomology, Research Entomologist, Forage EntomologistUniversity Park, Pennsylvania
Department of Entomology, Purdue UniversityProfessor, Assistant Professor, Research and Extension Entomologist, Lab Technician, Teaching Assistant West Lafayette, Indiana
Department of Entomology, Texas A & MProfessor of EntomologyCollege Station, Texas
Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of FloridaProfessorGainesville, Florida
Department of Plant Pathology, University of NebraskaProfessor EmeritusLincoln, Nebraska
Department of Plant, Soil, and Entomological Sciences, University of IdahoDepartment HeadMoscow, Idaho
Dow Agro SciencesProduct Development Manager, Field Research and Development Scientist
Senior Scientist Level
Carmel, Indiana/Indianapolis, Indiana/Jacksonville, Florida
DuPont Crop Protection ProductsResearch Associate; Asia Pacific R & D ManagerWilmington, Delaware/Newark, Delaware
Ensystex, Inc.Technical Director; Urban EntomologistFayetteville, North Carolina
Evergreen State CollegeEnvironmental Studies ProfessorOlympia, Washington
Florida A&M University Public Health Entomology Research and Education CenterAssociate ProfessorPanama City, Florida
Fort Valley Nursery, Inc.Co-owner, Retail ManagerWoodstock, Virginia
Frontier Co-opCrops SpecialistLebanon, Indiana
Gluesenkamps DesignscapeLandscape Scientist; High School Science TeacherNashville, Indiana
Griffin LLCTechnical Service RepresentativeChico, California
GROWMARK, Inc.Insecticide/Fungicide Technical SpecialistBloomington, Illinois
Hatfield Pest ControlOwner/EntomologistLaPorte, Indiana
Hennepin County Attorney's OfficeAssistant County AttorneyMinneapolis, Minnesota
Hoffer Crane ServiceOwner/OperatorAtwood, Texas
House Center-TQ RealtyOwner/BrokerNorth Andover, Maryland
Huntington Nursery Inc.Landscape Foreman; Lawn Care ManagerHuntington, Indiana
Indiana Department of Environmental ManagementChief, OWQ WW Inspection SectionBrownsburg, Indiana
Indiana Department of Natural ResourcesWildlife BiologistTrafalgar, Indiana
Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Entomology and Plant PathologyEntomologist/Nursery Inspector, State Entomologist, Division DirectorTell City, Indiana/Zionsville, Indiana
Illinois Natural History SurveyDirector, Center for Economic Entomology; Research EntomologistChampaign, Illinois
Indiana State UniversityProfessor of Plant EcologyTerre Haute, Indiana
Insects Limited, Inc.OwnerIndianapolis, Indiana
International Pollination SystemsPresidentCaldwell, Idaho
Idaho State UniversityEntomologist, Professor of Biological SciencesPocatello, Idaho
Iowa State UniversityProfessor, Veterinary Parasitology; Professor emeritusAmes, Iowa
J. M. Waller Associates, Inc.Pest Management SpecialistGoose Creek, South Carolina
Knox County SchoolsChemistry TeacherKnoxville, Tennessee
Lund Technical ServicesConsultantWilmington, Delaware
McCammon Trucking, Inc.Financial OfficerHartford City, Indiana
Mississippi State University Extension ServiceCounty Agent, County CoordinatorStarkville, Mississippi
MonsantoProject Leader, Insect Control Entomology and AutomationChesterfield, Missouri
NCH CorporationHead of Entomology and AgronomyIrving, Texas
Nettles Tree FarmOwnerTrafalgar, Indiana
New York State Department of Environmental ConservationDeputy Permit AdministratorStony Brook, New York
North Carolina State UniversityProfessor, Co-Director For Turfgrass Environmental Research and Education; Assistant Professor; Research TechnicianRaleigh, North Carolina
Pest Control Services, Inc.Company PresidentLansdowne, Pennsylvania
Pest Management Associates, Inc.President/General ManagerPhoenixville, Pennsylvania
Pestagon Termite & Pest Management, Inc.Business OwnerSarasota, Florida
Plunketts Pest ControlOwner, Technical DirectorSt. Paul, Minnesota
Quinault Indian NationCommunications ManagerTaholah, Washington
Reliable Exterminators, Inc.PCOMaryville, Illinois
Rhone Poulenc Agriculture CompanyResearch EntomologistResearch Triangle Park, North Carolina
S. C. Johnson & JohnsonResearch AssociateRacine, Wisconsin
Self-employedFarmerPalouse, Washington
Syngenta Crop ProtectionSales Representative, Field Research ScientistZionsville, Indiana/Attica, Indiana
Systematic Entomology LaboratoryResearch EntomologistWashington, DC
Terminix InternationalSenior Vice PresidentCordova, Tennessee
Texas A & M University
Extension Entomologist; Distinguished Professor; Associate Vice President for Research; Urban EntomologistCorpus Christi; College Station; Dallas Texas
Texas Cooperative ExtensionExtension EntomologistUvalde, Texas
The Birchard System, Pest Control ServicePresident, General ManagerWest Simsbury, Connecticut
Thiel CollegeProfessor EmeritaGreenville, Pennsylvania
Tokheim CorporationSenior ProgrammerFort Wayne, Indiana
Troy Biosciences IncorporatedDirector of Scientific Affairs Phoenix, Arizona
United States Environmental Protection AgencyEntomologistAlexandria, Virginia
University of ArizonaEntomology Professor, Chemical EcologistTucson, Arizona
University of California, U.S. Cooperative ExtensionCounty Director, Vegetable and Pest Management AdvisorSanta Maria, California
University of FloridaProfessor, PhD CandidateGainsville, Florida
University of GeorgiaAssistant Professor, Extension EntomologistGriffin, Georgia
University of IllinoisResearch Programmer, Assistant Professor, Extension SpecialistUrbana, Illinois
University of NebraskaResearch TechnologistLincoln, Nebraska
USDA-APHIS-PPD-ESToxicologistRiverdale, Maryland
USDA-APHIS-PPQIdentifier (Taxonomist of Entomology)Los Indios, Texas
USDA-ARSResearch Entomologist, Senior Research Scientist, Adjunct Professor of EntomologyGainesville, Florida/Tifton, Georgia/ Stillwater, Oklahoma/ Knoxville, Tennessee
USDA Forest ServiceProject Leader; Assistant DirectorHamden, Connecticut; Newton Square, Pennsylvania
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation ServiceDistrict ConservationistWilliamsport, Indiana
U.S. Environmental Protection AgencySenior Environmental ScientistFort Meade, Maryland
U.S. Food and Drug AdministrationSupervisory Entomologist; Laboratory DirectorBothell, Washington
Virginia TechProfessor, Director of Cooperative Extension, Associate Dean of College of Agriculture and Life SciencesBlacksburg, Virginia
Washington and Jefferson CollegeProfessor of BiologyWashington, Pennsylvania
Washington State University-Cooperative ExtensionTree Fruit Extension AgentYakima, Washington
Western FumigationEntomologist/InspectorLester, Pennsylvania
Western Pest ServicesRegional EntomologistLeesburg, Virginia
WIL Research Labs, Inc., Toxicology Testing LabResearch EntomologistAshland, Ohio
Youngstown State UniversityProfessor of BiologyYoungstown, Ohio




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