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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of foresters is expected to grow more slowly than the average for all occupations through 2022, with the most growth occurring for foresters who work in state-owned forests, particularly in the western United States. Due to the development of lands previously unused and changing weather conditions contributing to devastating and expensive fires, the prevention and mitigation of wildfires has become a primary concern for government agencies managing forests. Increases in federal government funding to manage forests and minimize fire risks will lead to more employment opportunities for foresters. Demand will also grow for foresters to help restore lands affected by fires, particularly in the western and southwestern states, where fires are most common.