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Discover how small bugs affect the world in big ways.

What does an Entomologist do?

There are nearly a million known species of insects that both help and harm the environment. That makes them the smallest things having the largest impact on the world. The scientists who study these insects are known as entomologists, and it’s their job to examine that impact, whether positive or negative.

Bees, for instance, help the planet by pollinating plants and making honey. Some species of beetles, on the other hand, harm the planet by feeding on forests and killing them. Either way, when you’re an entomologist, you want to get to the bottom of it.

Employed by governments, museums, universities, zoos, and labs, as well as private companies, you’re paid to learn all there is to know about creepy crawlies including butterflies, cockroaches, grasshoppers, flies, spiders, wasps, mosquitoes, and moths, just to name a few. A type of zoologist, you spend your days collecting and observing insects, then analyzing their bodies and behaviors.

Sometimes your goal as an entomologist is finding out how to exploit insects to the benefit of agriculture, medicine, and industry. Other times, it’s finding out how to control insect populations in order to mitigate their effects on crops and health.

Either way, your mission is always this: In partnership with veterinarians, farmers, horticulturists, and others, you make sure bugs don’t bug.

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