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Overview of Entomology

Entomology is the study of insects, including related arthropods. Insects are involved with virtually every part of our lives; they are pests that eat our food, our houses, our animals, and are vectors that spread sickness and disease. But insects aren’t all bad! Many insects are beneficial pollinators, decomposers of dead materials, and useful in the biocontrol of unwanted pests. Entomologists study insects to help us manage pests, or learn how to better use them to our advantage. Entomology is the study of insects. Careers in entomology involve studying, understanding and, in the case of pest control professionals, exterminating certain insects.

Career in Entomology

Students graduating with a degree in entomology can look forward to a wide variety of career opportunities.

Seed Industry: Evaluate new lines of corn, soybeans, and other crops for susceptibility to major insect pests (both field and laboratory research). Insect rearing expertise is often needed to supply the insect pests for research.

Agrochemical Industry: Evaluate new crop protection chemicals against insect pests, as well as insects that are important pests of human health, veterinary health, forestry, household, turf grass, and other horticultural plants. Expertise in rearing insects is often needed for product testing.

Food Industry: Insect pests of stored products are a major problem in the food and feed industries. Conduct pest management programs that include monitoring insect pests in their crops, both pre-harvest and post-harvest.
Urban Pest Control: Control of insect problems is crucial to many types of institutions, including hospitals, schools, universities, hotels, nursing homes, and other governmental and private organizations. Urban pest control is commonly carried out by private pest control operators.


In my opinion, if you are truly passionate about Entomology, nothing can stop you from being successful in that field. Please don’t keep money (or annual salary as a motivation). It’s very wrong to weigh somebody’s passion with money.

Here is a list of wonders that Entomology can do to the world:

  • Pest control, eventually leading to a better agricultural output.
  • Forensic entomology, which can help in various criminal investigations.

In short words, the scope of Entomology is huge, only if you are truly passionate about it

Job Opportunities

Many entomologists are faculty members at colleges and universities. Doctoral degrees are generally required for these positions. Entomologists also work for agricultural agencies and companies which included but not limited federal, state, and local agricultural & forestry-protection agencies, health organizations, biotechnology firms, laboratories, research groups, zoos, and museums. With appropriate qualifications, entomologist jobs are concentrated in a few key areas, namely research, and applied research in the agricultural, forestry, and structural fields. While responsibilities do vary from job to job

Entomologists work in offices and laboratories, and outside when doing fieldwork. Fieldwork may involve travel to remote destinations, which are often rain forests in South America or Asia. The work can be physically demanding and isolating. Advanced degrees may be necessary for advancement. Doctoral degrees are generally required for faculty positions at colleges and universities


Average salary starts from 25000 increase with the passage of time depend on your experience.