Forestry professionals (NOC 2122)

About this job

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Forestry professionals:

  • carry out research, develop plans and administer programs related to the management and harvesting of forest resources
  • work for the forest industry, provincial and federal governments, consulting companies, educational institutions or other industries, or may be self-employed
Common job titles
  • forester, appraisal / consulting
  • forester, district / urban
  • forester, forest nursery
  • forester, operations
  • forester, unit
  • RPF (registered professional forester)
  • forester, appraisal / consulting
  • forester, district / urban
  • forester, forest nursery
  • forester, GIS (geographic info. system)
  • forester, industrial
  • forester, operations

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$64,174

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Forestry professionals perform some or all of the following duties:

  • plan and direct forest surveys and related studies, and prepare reports on findings, conclusions and recommendations
  • create short- and long-term plans for management of forest lands and forest resources
  • plan and direct: woodlands harvesting; road building; and programs for reforestation, silviculture, fire prevention and suppression, wildlife management, environmental protection, and insect and vegetation control
  • negotiate terms and conditions of agreements and contracts for forest harvesting, forest management and the leasing of forest lands
  • oversee contract compliance and results of forestry activities
  • ensure adherence to government regulations and forest company goals
  • plan and carry out public relations programs and education and extension programs related to forestry
  • create and oversee programs for tree seedling production and woodlands nursery operations
  • carry out research in the areas of tree improvement, nursery seedling production, forest soils, forest ecology, forest surveys, forest operations and other areas
  • provide advice, recommendations and other consultative services about forestry matters to private woodlot owners, municipal, provincial or federal governments, or forest companies

Work environment

Key aspects of work in this occupation:

  • Work is typically performed either in a structured environment, such as an office, or in an outdoor work environment where the worker is exposed to many different weather conditions.
  • Examples of work done outdoors may include operating power saws to thin and space trees, conducting site inspections of forestry operations, and repairing roads.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree in forestry or forestry engineering is required.
  • Certification as a forester or forest engineer by provincially chartered associations is required in provinces having such associations.
  • A two-year practicum of supervised work experience and professional examinations are usually required before registration.

Skills

  • Spatial Perception
  • Innovative
  • Numerical Ability
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Verbal & Written Comprehension
  • Methodical
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Forestry Related
  • Forestry/Resource Management Related

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
410
Average annual employment growth:
1.0%
Expected number of job openings:
180
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
170
Average annual employment growth:
2.4%
Expected number of job openings:
100
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
290
Average annual employment growth:
-0.1%
Expected number of job openings:
80
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
610
Average annual employment growth:
-1.1%
Expected number of job openings:
120
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
20
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
610
Average annual employment growth:
0.8%
Expected number of job openings:
240
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
990
Average annual employment growth:
-0.2%
Expected number of job openings:
320

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

With experience, mobility is possible to management positions in government and industry.

Additional resources