|Quick Facts: Forest and Conservation Workers|
$27,460 per year
$13.20 per hour
|High school diploma or equivalent|
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
Forest and conservation workers measure and improve the quality of forests. Under the supervision of foresters and forest and conservation technicians, they develop, maintain, and protect forests.
Forest and conservation workers typically work for state and local governments or on privately owned forest lands or nurseries. Governments also employ forest and conservation workers on a contract basis.
Forest and conservation workers typically need a high school diploma before they begin working. Most workers receive training on the job.
The median annual wage for forest and conservation workers was $27,460 in May 2018.
Employment of forest and conservation workers is projected to decline 2 percent from 2016 to 2026. Although heightened international demand for U.S. timber and wood pellets will continue to demand forest and conservation workers, improved technology will also lessen the need for workers to perform certain tasks.
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