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.


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:
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
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.

Future Outlook

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

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada