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Edel Butler

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Irish Tax Institute

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  Edel Butler
I think a career in tax is very rewarding and is an enjoyable career. There are a varied number of jobs which are available to someone with a tax qualification, including private practice, industry, Revenue, lecturing etc. The role of a tax adviser in practice or indeed within Revenue is, in my experience, extremely varied and challenging.

I would advise college students who are considering a career in tax to look into placements offered by their colleges / summer internships. I know from my time spent in private practice that a great number of the bigger accountancy / tax practice offer such positions to college students. This is a great way for such students to get a feel for what a career in tax entails and will help them in making a decision as to whether or not tax is something that they would enjoy.

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Pest Controller

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At a Glance... header image

Exterminates insects, rodents, or other pests from residential or industrial properties.

The Work header image

Pest controllers use traps and chemicals to control pests, such as rodents and insects, that are a risk to public health. Some operators also deal with nuisance pests, like pigeons and starlings, which can cause damage to buildings and spread disease. The role includes exterminating pests and stopping them getting into property.  
Pest controllers visit properties to examine the type and extent of the problem. They make a visual inspection, looking for evidence such as droppings, chewed timber, holes, nests and smear marks left by rats and mice. In some cases, controllers use traps, or more usually a special bait.  
Identification of insects, such as wasps, ants, fleas, cockroaches and bed bugs, can involve estimating numbers from those visible and other traces. When insects are found in stored products, controllers may take away samples of the infested goods for analysis.  
Pest controllers use a variety of pesticides, such as wheat-based rodenticides, insecticides, and toxic gases to get rid of a number of different types of pests. It is vital that materials are used safely without risk to people, non-target animals (such as domestic pets) and the environment.  
Travel throughout the local area is normally required. 

Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Record work activities performed.


Inspect premises to identify infestation source and extent of damage to property, wall, or roof porosity and access to infested locations.


Spray or dust chemical solutions, powders, or gases into rooms, onto clothing, furnishings, or wood, or over marshlands, ditches, or catch basins.


Clean work site after completion of job.


Direct or assist other workers in treatment or extermination processes to eliminate or control rodents, insects, or weeds.


Drive truck equipped with power spraying equipment.


Measure area dimensions requiring treatment, using rule, calculate fumigant requirements, and estimate cost for service.


Post warning signs and lock building doors to secure area to be fumigated.


Cut or bore openings in building or surrounding concrete, access infested areas, insert nozzle, and inject pesticide to impregnate ground.


Study preliminary reports or diagrams of infested area and determine treatment type required to eliminate and prevent recurrence of infestation.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.


Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.


Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.


Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.


Sales and Marketing:  Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.


Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.


Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Persuasion:   Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.


Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

This work might suit you if you enjoy practical tasks and are not squeamish. As a pest controller, you need to be able to follow strict guidelines on health and safety. An interest in science is useful.  
Good hand skills are needed for setting up and operating equipment. You should also be able to measure and calculate quantities of materials. It is important that you can keep accurate records of all the premises you visit. Therefore reasonable numeric and literacy skills are required.  
You should be able to work well with colleagues and communicate with customers. You should also be able to work on your own, using your initiative and making decisions as appropriate.  
You must be fit and active. Some work involves heavy lifting, bending and reaching into awkward places. Inspection work requires good powers of observation and close attention to detail.  
This type of work may be unsuitable if you have certain allergies, due to contact with chemicals. Although protective clothing, such as overalls, gloves and masks, is normally provided.

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Organisation: Irish Pest Control Association
  Tel: (057) 8636700 / +44 1332 225109
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