Foresters protect and manage forest resources, one of our greatest natural assets, through various biological techniques. Using their specialized knowledge of tree biology and ecology, wood science, and manufacturing processes, they manage forests for timber production, protect them from fire and pest damage, harvest mature forests, and re-establish new forests after harvesting. Foresters hold about 9,220 jobs in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Conservation Education Foresters, Logging Engineers, Procurement Foresters, Silviculturists, Urban Foresters
Duties Protect and manage forest resources
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Earth Science
  • English
  • Mathematics
Experience Experience as a forestry intern or forestry technician
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Technical
  • Business Management
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Supervisor or Research Scientist
  • Forester
  • Laboratory Assistant or Forestry Technician

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