Overview

For people looking forward to pursuing a career in forestry, a full time bachelor's degree in forestry is a basic educational requirement. However, professional expertise with appropriate technical education may sometimes substitute for a full-time forestry degree. With the rise in job competition in recent years, people with only expertise will find it difficult to get ahead in the industry.

Different universities in different countries might have their own curriculum structure and requirements. In the U.S. for example, almost fifty forestry programs are accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF), which is the U.S. governing authority for curriculum standards. Only degrees from the SAF accredited educational institutions enjoy creditability and recognition in the industrial sectors. The SAF approved forestry curriculums lay special stress on communication skills, science, mathematics and computer, in addition to the technical forestry subjects. Just having an interest in forestry may not be sufficient to help one find a solid footing in the industry. Students need to go through an extensive training curriculum to be able to develop scientific skills to a desired extent.

Apart from the normal curriculum, students will also need to complete a field session in a co-operative study-work program with either a state or private agency or in a camp organized and operated by the college. Being purely an outdoor job, practical trainings are always counted to be an integral part of the studies. In fact, most of the colleges encourage students to try and take summer jobs in timber companies to gain a good working experience and knowledge in forestry and conservation work.

What are Foresters like?

Investigative

Based on our pool of users, foresters tend to be predominately investigative people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Foresters by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 126 Sokanu users

Are Foresters happy?

67%Happy

Foresters rank highly among careers. Overall they rank in the 67th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Forester Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Foresters

The most common degree held by foresters is Forestry. 10% of foresters had a degree in forestry before becoming foresters. That is over 181 times the average across all careers. Environmental Science graduates are the second most common among foresters, representing 7% of foresters in the Sokanu user base, which is 6.8 times the average.

Forester Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Forester, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of foresters % of population Multiple
Forestry 9.5% 0.1% 181.3×
Environmental Science 7.1% 1.1% 6.8×
Business Management And Administration 4.8% 6.5% 0.7×
Natural Resources Management 3.2% 0.1% 33.8×
Biology 2.4% 3.5% 0.7×
Geography 2.4% 0.6% 4.0×

Forester Education Levels

81% of foresters have a bachelor's degree. 18% of foresters have an associate's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 0%
Associate's degree 18%
Bachelor's degree 81%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

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