|Quick Facts: Forest and Conservation Workers|
$26,940 per year
$12.95 per hour
|High school diploma or equivalent|
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|4% (Slower than average)|
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 get on-the-job training.
The median annual wage for forest and conservation workers was $26,940 in May 2016.
Employment of forest and conservation workers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations. Although improved technology will lessen the need for workers to perform certain tasks, heightened international demand for U.S. timber and wood pellets may help increase demand for forest and conservation workers.
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