Foresters are in charge of managing forests. This work may involve determining the amount and value of timber in a forest, determining how to best conserve land and wildlife on the property, and monitoring the overall quality of the trees in a forest. All of this must be done while taking into account environmental regulations.
A four-year bachelor's degree in forestry, agricultural science, environmental science, or a related field is likely required to obtain this position. A higher degree (master's or doctorate) in a related field, which may take an additional two-five years to earn, would be more valuable.
Employment of conservation scientists and foresters is projected to grow 5 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Most employment growth is expected to be in state and local government-owned forest lands, particularly in the western United States.
Foresters typically work for the government or social advocacy organizations. This job can be physically demanding, requiring outdoor work in various weather conditions and a lot of walking through densely wooded areas.