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What Can I Do With A Major In Forestry?

The Forestry program is designed to provide students with education and training in the art and science of resource analysis and in making and implementing land management decisions to provide for the best use of all resources of the forest environment. Current philosophy and methods of producing forest-based goods and services such as recreation, timber, water, range and wildlife are stressed, with a heavy emphasis in field methods and applications.

Forest Management Option:

When you graduate with an emphasis on forest resource management, you will find career opportunities with many federal and state resource-oriented departments, including the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, Soil Conservation Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, state forestry departments and private companies. Many graduates work in related fields such as planning, teaching and real estate. This curriculum is accredited by the Society of American Foresters and allows for qualification as a Forester for the U.S. Civil Service Commission, a requirement of all who wish to practice as a forester for federal agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, and many state government and private forestry employers.

Forest Operations and Applied Restoration Option:

This curriculum is designed to provide students with the basic forestry and technical skills needed to develop and implement forest management plans and restoration projects. Graduates of this option will have the knowledge and skills to implement and plan for environmentally sound, socially acceptable, technically feasible, and financially viable forest operations. Public forestry agencies, other government agencies, non-governmental organizations, private forestry firms, and construction companies are seeking individuals with these skills.

A Sample of Related Occupations

Types of Employers

Private and Non-profit Organizations

Timber Companies
Environmental Organizations
Educational Organizations Lumber Companies
Conservation Organizations

Government Agencies

Forest Service Department of State Lands National Park Service
State Department of Natural Resources
Bureau of Land Management
US Fish and Wildlife Service

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Professional Associations

For additional career information, see the Occupational Outlook Handbook