Insect borne illnesses have plagued sailors and soldiers alike throughout history. Entomologists are on the front lines every day discovering new insects and identifying the diseases they can transmit. They are tasked with stopping the spread of these illnesses in times of battle, natural disaster, and other humanitarian missions as well as during times of peace and prosperity. The entomologists’ efforts are targeted to reduce or eradicate the illness altogether. If spending the day with bugs is your idea of paradise, click here to find out how to become a military entomologist.
What Do Entomologists Do?
Military entomologists perform valuable research in laboratories all over the world, including the Navy Entomology Center of Excellence in Jacksonville, Fla., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga., and the Navy Infectious Diseases Laboratories located in Indonesia, Egypt and Peru. You can also operate in the field in a wide range of exotic locales, locating insects, performing research, and developing vital vaccines without ever seeing the inside of a traditional laboratory.
Without the ongoing efforts of entomologists all over the world, our soldiers and sailors will be ill prepared to defend our country due to a vulnerability to disease. Entomologists not only identify insects and diseases, but also work with other organizations to develop efficient and environmentally friendly pest control programs. Controlling insects helps to prevent disease. If you think you have what it takes to become a Navy entomologist, click here to find out more.
Entomologists have a plethora of civilian opportunities that await them after their military service is complete. Entomologists work with public and private disease control organizations, zoos, and even with drug companies, developing therapeutic drugs to combat disease. If you think that this is a career choice you would like to pursue, click here to find out how to get started.
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