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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.


SOC Code 19-1032 - Foresters is a a final level code of the “Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations” Major Occupation Category. There are 9,510 total employees classified in this occupation in the USA, with an average Hourly Wage of $30.42 and average Annual Wage of $63,270.

Occupation Examples

  • Environmental Protection Forester
  • Forest Ecologist
  • Forestry Scientist
  • Land Management Forester
  • Operations Forester
  • Resource Forester
  • Service Forester
  • Timber Management Specialist
  • Urban Forester

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