Forestry Technicians

Forest Tech Creates a Fire Line

Forestry technicians work as members of a forest management team under the direction of a professional forester. They collect data and information needed to make decisions about resources and resource depletion. They also help plan, supervise, and conduct the operations necessary to maintain and protect forest growth, including harvesting, replanting, and marketing of forest products. Forestry technicians understand the inventory methods and management skills required to produce wood fiber and forest products. They help manage forests and wildlife areas and control fires, insects, and disease. Forestry technicians may also survey land, measure the output of forest products, and operate logging and log-handling equipment. Approximately 29,810 forest and conservation technicians are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Biological Aides, Forest-Fire Control Technicians, Lumber Graders, Lumber Inspectors, Pulp Buyers, Sawmill Buyers, Survey Assistants, Technical Research Assistants, Timber Cruisers, Tree-Nursery Management Assistants, Wildlife Technicians
Duties Manage and harvest forests for logging companies; conduct research and protect forests from fire and disease for government agencies; help manage urban forests
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Earth Science
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship or part-time job with a lumber company or conservation organization
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Forester or Forestry Consultant
  • Forestry Technician
  • Intern