Logging Industry Workers

Employment for logging and timber cutting workers is expected to grow more slowly than the average for all occupations through 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Although demand for wood products is expected to increase, improvements in machinery and other technology will make it possible to increase production within the industry without hiring new workers. Additionally, increasing mechanization should limit employment opportunities for fallers, buckers, and choke setters. Workers in less labor-intensive positions, such as tree harvesting, skidding, and log-handling equipment operators, should have better prospects.

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