Professional Forester

A professional forester career could be for you if…
Your skills include monitoring, critical thinking and decision making.
Your interests can be described as realistic, investigative and enterprising.
Your values include working conditions, independence and achievement.

Career Overview

A professional forester has earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited university and is usually licensed to practice forestry in one or more states. A forestry degree prepares the forester to be a generalist, with a broad knowledge of the many subjects and disciplines in the practice of the profession. Many foresters later choose specialized roles such as forestland manager, timber procurement and sales, logging supervision, timberland appraisal, land acquisition and sales, technical forestry, or forest policy and law. A forester must develop or possess good communication skills to work with a wide variety of people including landowners, managers, technicians, loggers, contractors, government officials, and the public to accomplish sustainability of all the economic and environmental goods and services that are produced from healthy forests.

Other job titles include: area forester, environmental protection forester, fire prevention forester, regional forester, resource forester, silviculturist, unit forester, urban forester.

Education and Training

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree. A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge & experience is needed.


National Average Annual Salary
$44,400.00 - $102,700.00
National Average Hourly Salary
$21.34 - $49.38
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