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)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 101103 2.00 45
United States 15,50016,800 8.3130 670800

Job outlook

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

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 28.9918.8022.81 28.2234.1839.62
Alaska 34.6426.6230.75 34.2939.4942.40
Southeast Region 32.4624.1229.20 32.7336.3739.49

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
471 2.174.5 61.7
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation1
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation1
UI claimants previously working in occupation1
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 55
Number of job position postings 3
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 18.3

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

Alaska Geographic   (Anchorage)
Alaska Geographic Field Courses

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

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

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

University of Alaska Fairbanks, CTC   (Fairbanks)
Renewable Resources AAS

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Interior Alaska   (Fairbanks)
Renewable Resources AAS
Sustainable Energy OEC

University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau   (Juneau)
Geography & Environ Resources Bac

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