What Can I Do In Forestry?
Forestry is the science and art of cultivating, maintaining, and developing forests for current and future uses. Typical tasks of a professional forester include but are not limited to:
- Developing an overall forest management plan
- Managing forest lands and resources for economic and recreational purposes
- Planning and directing afforestation and reforestation projects
- Mapping of forest areas, estimating standing timber and future growth, and managing timber sales
- Planning harvest programs to assure continuous production of timber or assist timber companies achieve production goals
- Determining appropriate methods for harvest and removal of timber with minimum waste and environmental damage
- Directly suppressing forest fires
- Conducting fire-prevention programs
- Planning and directing construction and maintenance of roads, trails, firebreaks, and recreation facilities
- Assisting in planning and implementation projects for control of floods, soil erosion, tree diseases, and forest insect pests
- Advising landowners on forestry management techniques and conducting public education programs on forest care and conservation
A professional forester holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from a Society of American Foresters accredited forestry school. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for foresters was $64,110 in May 2021. Overall employment is projected to grow 5 percent from 2021 to 2031. Starting salaries in various employment sectors will vary depending on experience. To become competitive in today’s economy, students are encouraged to take advantage of internship, cooperative education, and summer employment opportunities.