What Does A Forester Do?

Foresters have a wide range of duties, depending on their employer. Some primary duties of foresters are drawing up plans to regenerate forested lands, monitoring the progress of those lands, and supervising tree harvests. Another duty of a forester is devising plans to keep forests free from disease, harmful insects, and damaging wildfires.

Additional Videos

How Do I Become A Forester?

A four-year bachelor’s degree in forestry, environmental science, or a related field is generally required to obtain these positions.  A master’s degree in a similar field, which would likely take an additional two years to earn, would make an applicant more valuable.

What is the Average Salary For A Forester?

High – 98,000
Median – 61,000
Low – 34,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Forester?

  • Science – As much as possible!
  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Environmental Science
  • Ecology
  • GIS technology

What Is The Work Environment For A Forester?

Foresters typically work in offices, in laboratories, and outdoors, sometimes doing fieldwork in remote locations in all types of weather. The work can be physically demanding. They may need to walk long distances through dense woods and underbrush to carry out their work. Insect bites, poisonous plants, and other natural hazards present some risk.  At times, they may work alone.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Forester?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada