Insects outnumber humans more than 1.6 billion to one. They are one of the most plentiful and successful life forms on the planet and they are the cornerstone of our ability to survive on earth. Consider the number of crops that require insect interaction for pollination, the life forms that use them as a food source, the knowledge we have gained from studying their DNA, and so on.
Insects are the root of all life on earth.
Those who study insects are called entomologists. Within the field there are many ways that a person can specialize their training. Some study insects’ impact on crop yields, some study the medical impact they have on humans and other animals, and still others focus on ways to limit the damaging influence that insects can have on humans.
While many entomologists receive educational training to the point of obtaining a doctorate degree, some have their training take a different (or additional) path and also choose to become Board or Associate certified to document their training and knowledge base.
The Entomological Society of America operates two certification programs for entomologists:
Choosing a Board or Associate-certified entomologist provides you with the piece of mind that you are getting a professional who stays current in their field and on top of the latest research and insect science.