Wood Science and Technology Workers

Wood scientists and technologists experiment to find the most efficient ways of converting forest resources into useful products for consumers. Toward this end, they explore the physical, biological, and chemical properties of wood and the methods used in growing, processing, and using it. Wood science is conducted for both academic and industrial research and is carried out both in labs and on forest grounds.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Wood Products Engineers, Wood Products Technicians, Wood Scientists, Wood Technologists
Duties Conduct research and experiments to find the most efficient ways of converting forest resources into useful products for consumers
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Most opportunities exist along the Eastern Seaboard, in the North Central States, in the Pacific Northwest, and in the southern states from Virginia to eastern Texas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
Experience Degree and on-the-job experience, for scientists and engineers
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Outgoing
  • Scientific
Skills
  • Information Management
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Head of Research Operations or Sales Manager
  • Wood Scientist or Wood Products Engineer
  • Wood Technologist
  • Wood Products Technician

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