Careers in entomology are wide-ranging and include beekeeping, pest control, teaching, consulting, forensics, military, conservation, agriculture, chemistry, human health, veterinary science, genetics and insect-borne diseases. Entomology basically encompasses any career that involves insects. Many entomologists also have degrees in biology or chemistry.
Entomology was alive and well in ancient cultures, mainly in the form of beekeeping, but the scientific study of entomology did not begin until the early 1800s.
There are about 10 quintillion insects in the world divided into more than 1 million known species, and some scientists believe there may be more than 30 million species.
Some recent criminal and medical television series feature forensic entomologists who can help determine information about a person's time of death based on the stage of insect activity in the cadaver. Two of the most popular: CSI-Las Vegas and Bones.
A career in entomology can be customized to fulfill your needs, whether working outside in the field, in an office, staying local or expanding your horizons nationwide or worldwide.
The world is divided into six regions, entomologically speaking and each region has its own unique insects:
Afrotropical (Africa south of the Tropic of Cancer)
Australian (Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands)
Indomalayan (India, Indochina, Malaysia
Nearctic (North America)
Neotropical (Central and South America)
Palearctic (Europe, Asia except India and Indochina, Africa north of the Tropic of Cancer)
As the careers in entomology cover a wide range, so do the respective salaries. The starting average salary for a pest-control worker is $33,422 annually, compared with a veterinarian who starts at an annual salary of about $71,000.
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