What Can You Do with a Forestry Degree?

Radek, what jobs can you get with a Forestry Degree? I’m wondering, what can I do with a Forestry Degree?

Most people who earn degrees in forestry go on to work as foresters, but this can mean many things. Some foresters work for federal agencies, such as the United States Forest Service or the National Park Service. Some work for State forest services, and some for local government. Some are employed by timber companies, paper mills, and sawmills. Some even work in wood product manufacturing. Many become independent consultants, who work for landowners and/or logging companies who harvest the trees.

It is worth noting that seven states (Alabama, California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire) require foresters to be licensed by the State.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that about 60% of foresters work for Federal, State, or local governments. The Federal Government and some state governments expect many of their workers to retire over the next several years, which will create job opportunities. Employment is concentrated in the western and southeastern states, and jobs are most plentiful in California, Oregon, and Washington. Those with a forestry degree should have good opportunities for entry-level work.

Careers you can get with a degree in forestry include:

  • Forest Fire Prevention Specialist
  • Forester
  • Forestry Consultant
  • Land Manager
  • Nursery Manager
  • Saw Mill Manager
  • Silviculturist
  • Urban Forester
  • Vocational Educator (may require additional certification)
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