Forest and Conservation Workers

General Information

Description

Under supervision, perform manual labor necessary to develop, maintain, or protect areas such as forests, forested areas, woodlands, wetlands, and rangelands through such activities as raising and transporting seedlings; combating insects, pests, and diseases harmful to plant life; and building structures to control water, erosion, and leaching of soil. Includes forester aides, seedling pullers, tree planters, and gatherers of nontimber forestry products such as pine straw.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit49.53%
  2. State and local government20.19%
  3. Self-employed11.20%
  4. Federal government10.62%
  5. Private, not for profit7.45%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of forest and conservation workers is projected to decline 8 percent from 2020 to 2030. Despite declining employment, about 1,800 openings for forest and conservation workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$30,640

State-by-state Salary

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$49,760
$23,760
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 58%
  • Associate's degree 14%
  • Some college 12%
  • High school 8%
  • Less than high school 5%
  • Post-secondary certificate 1%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Knowledge

  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • Clerical
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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