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An Exciting Outdoors Career:

College Programs in Forestry and Forest Management

by Elizabeth Buckner

A career in forestry or forest management offers the opportunity to combine the excitement of an outdoor career with a management-oriented career. A college program in forestry or forest management can give you the training you need to enter this exciting profession!

A Career in Forest Management

Foresters work for both government and private industry and manage and protect the forests. Their duties include supervising the planting and growth of trees, conducting forest inventories and selecting sites for controlled burning.

Job Outlook and Earnings for Foresters

Although 1 in 3 foresters is employed by the Federal government, most employment growth over the next decade is expected to come from consulting in the private sector. The median annual wage of foresters was $54,540 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $35,670, and the top 10 percent earned more than $75,540.

Get the Training You Need: Programs in Forestry or Forest Management

There are 48 accredited forestry and forest management programs throughout the country. College programs in forestry and forest resources management have four basic components: ecology and biology, measurement of forest resources, management of forest resources, and public policy. College programs in forestry or forest management increasingly include a fieldwork component as well.

So what are you waiting for? A college program in forestry and forest management could be the ticket you need to a career in forestry!

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