|Quick Facts: Forest and Conservation Workers|
$32,270 per year
$15.51 per hour
|High school diploma or equivalent|
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
Forest and conservation workers perform physical labor to improve the quality of natural areas such as forests, rangelands, and wetlands.
Forest and conservation workers often work outdoors, sometimes in remote locations and in all types of weather. Most forest and conservation workers are employed full time, although part-time or seasonal work is common.
Forest and conservation workers typically need a high school diploma to enter the occupation and receive on-the-job training to attain competency.
The median annual wage for forest and conservation workers was $32,270 in May 2022.
Employment of forest and conservation workers is projected to decline 9 percent from 2022 to 2032.
Despite declining employment, about 1,800 openings for forest and conservation workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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