What Can I Do With A Major In Forestry?

In the Forestry degree program, you'll gain the knowledge and skills you need to solve natural resource problems. You'll develop written and oral communication skills, understand the biophysical environment, and learn the quantitative and qualitative analysis you need to apply science-based methods to natural resource questions. You will develop these skills and knowledge both through in-class and field-based learning experiences that will help ensure you leave the University of Montana Forestry program equipped to succeed.

With a degree in Forestry you can work as a timber manager, forest planner, fire specialist, forest ranger, or as a range or soil conservationist. The Forestry degree is accredited by the Society of American Foresters and meets the requirements for qualification as Forester for the U.S. Civil Service Commission (440 series). This means you can work as a forester for federal agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs as well as many state agencies and private industry.

Forest Resources Management Option:

When you graduate with an emphasis on Forest Resources Management, you will find career opportunities with many federal and state resource-oriented departments, including the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, Soil Conservation Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, the National Park Service, state forestry departments, private land management companies, and consulting firms.

Forest Operations Option:

This curriculum is designed to provide students with the forestry and technical skills needed to develop and implement forest management plans to achieve a wide range of goals. 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 land management 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
Forest Consultants
Timber Management Organizations and Real Estate Investment Trusts
Environmental Organizations
Educational Organizations Lumber Companies
Conservation Organizations

Government Agencies

US Forest Service
State Land Management Agencies
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Indian Affairs
US Fish and Wildlife Service
National Park Service

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Professional Associations

For additional career information, see the Occupational Outlook Handbook