Terry Stark, executive director of the California Association of Pest Control Advisers, said a survey of CAPCA’s 3,100 members revealed that almost 40 percent of its members are over 55. Only 17 percent are 44 or younger. Thirty-five percent are 45 to 55.While suggestions include promoting and rewarding teamwork and an open-door to management, emphasis was placed on college recruiting and introducing young people to California agriculture in high school and elementary schools.
Twenty-five percent of CAPCA members have more than 30 years experience. Over half have more than 20 years of experience.
Source: Western Farm Press "Pest control adviser workforce aging, dwindling" (October 31, 2006)