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Foresters

Also called: Forester, Area Forester, Fire Prevention Forester, Chief Unit Forester

What they do:
Manage public and private forested lands for economic, recreational, and conservation purposes. May inventory the type, amount, and location of standing timber, appraise the timber's worth, negotiate the purchase, and draw up contracts for procurement. May determine how to conserve wildlife habitats, creek beds, water quality, and soil stability, and how best to comply with environmental regulations. May devise plans for planting and growing new trees, monitor trees for healthy growth, and determine optimal harvesting schedules.
On the job, you would:
  • Monitor contract compliance and results of forestry activities to assure adherence to government regulations.
  • Establish short- and long-term plans for management of forest lands and forest resources.
  • Supervise activities of other forestry workers.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • biology
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • notice when problems happen
Attention
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
Spatial
  • know where things are around you

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Cooperation
  • Independence
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software
  • Microsoft Access
Map creation software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • Geographic information system GIS software
Analytical or scientific software
  • Forest vegetation simulators
  • Forest yield software

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$57,110
per year, on average
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