|Quick Facts: Logging Workers|
|2012 Median Pay||
$33,630 per year
$16.17 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||43,900|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||-9% (Decline)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||-3,800|
Logging workers harvest thousands of acres of forests each year. The timber they harvest provides the raw material for many consumer goods and industrial products.
Logging is physically demanding and can be dangerous. Workers spend all their time outdoors, sometimes in poor weather and often in isolated areas.
Most logging workers have a high school diploma. They get on-the-job training to become familiar with forest environments and to learn how to operate logging machinery.
The median annual wage for logging workers was $33,630 in May 2012.
Employment of logging workers is projected to decline 9 percent from 2012 to 2022. Increased mechanization of logging operations and improvements in logging equipment will result in less demand for timber-cutting and logging workers who work by hand.
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