Logging Industry Workers

Logging industry workers harvest trees and cut them into logs to be used for commercial purposes. From areas that foresters have selected for harvesting, loggers determine the quantity to be harvested and cut the trees. They load logs into trucks or trains, which transport the wood to sawmills and other factories, where it is processed into lumber, pulp, paper, and other wood products. Approximately 38,700 logging industry workers are employed in the United States.

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Alternate Title(s) Brush Clearing Laborers, Buckers, Chain Saw Operators, Chasers, Chippers, Cruisers, Cutters, Felling-Bucking Supervisors, Foresters, Forest Engineers, Hoisting Engineers, Hook Tenders, Jammer Operators, Log-Chipper Operators, Logging Markers, Logging Superintendents, Logging Supervisors, Logging-Tractor Operators, Log Graders, Log Loaders, Log Markers, Log Movers, Log Pickers, Log Scalers, Log Sorters, Riggers, Rigging Slingers, Rivers, Sorting-Grapple Operators, Tree Climbers, Tree Cutters, Tree Fallers, Tree-Shear Operators, Woods Bosses, Yarding Engineers
Duties Harvest trees and prepare them for commercial use
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions, but are best in the Northwest, the Northeast, the Southeast, and the Great Lakes states
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Building/Trades
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Logging Superintendent
  • Forester, or Forest Engineer, or Trainer
  • Logging Industry Worker
  • Logging Helper or Laborer