Career Details

Forester

Career Overview

Foresters are in charge of managing forests. This work may involve determining the amount and value of timber in a forest, determining how to best conserve land and wildlife on the property, and monitoring the overall quality of the trees in a forest. All of this must be done while taking into account environmental regulations.

Education

A four-year bachelor's degree in forestry, agricultural science, environmental science, or a related field is likely required to obtain this position. A higher degree (master's or doctorate) in a related field, which may take an additional two-five years to earn, would be more valuable.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
Median:
High End:
$40,000 /yr
$60,000 /yr
$85,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Science - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Environmental science
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

Foresters typically work for the government or social advocacy organizations. This job can be physically demanding, requiring outdoor work in various weather conditions and a lot of walking through densely wooded areas.

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References

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada