Foresters (19-1032)

Occupation description:  Manage public and private forested lands for economic, recreational, and conservation purposes. May inventory the type, amount, and location of standing timber, appraise the timber's worth, negotiate the purchase, and draw up contracts for procurement. May determine how to conserve wildlife habitats, creek beds, water quality, and soil stability, and how best to comply with environmental regulations. May devise plans for planting and growing new trees, monitor trees for healthy growth, and determine optimal harvesting schedules.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 9190 -1.12 68
United States 12,30012,900 5.0300 8001,160

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 29.6719.4623.55 28.9034.7340.78
Alaska 33.7023.2729.07 34.1139.8942.61
Southeast Region 32.4626.4328.20 34.1137.3140.52

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
502 4.067.3 57.1
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation3
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation2
UI claimants previously working in occupation3
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 55
Number of job position postings 8
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 6.9

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

 Degree
Alaska Geographic   (Anchorage)
Alaska Geographic Field Courses

 Degree
Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)
Defensible Space & Forestry

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Mat-Su   (Palmer)
Sustainable Energy CT1

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Natural Resources & Sustainability PhD
Natural Resources Management BS
Natural Resources Management MS
Natural Resources Management & Geography MNR

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bristol Bay   (Dillingham)
Sustainable Energy OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim   (Bethel)
Sustainable Energy OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Rural College   (Fairbanks)
Sustainable Energy OEC

 Degree
Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Wildlife/Forestry Conservation