Forest and Conservation Workers

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What do they do?

Under supervision, perform manual labor necessary to develop, maintain, or protect areas such as forests, forested areas, woodlands, wetlands, and rangelands through such activities as raising and transporting seedlings; combating insects, pests, and diseases harmful to plant life; and building structures to control water, erosion, and leaching of soil. Includes forester aides, seedling pullers, and tree planters.

Also known as:

Christmas Tree Grower, Conservation Officer, Crew Leader, Field Laborer, Foreman, Forest Resource Specialist, Forestry Support Specialist, Geographic Information Systems Coordinator (GIS Coordinator), Park Maintainer, Reforestation Worker, Tree Planter

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Forest and Conservation Workers is projected to Decline 2 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • -2.9%

    Percent Change

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  • 2,400

    Annual Projected Job Openings

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.5%)
  • Master's degree (6.8%)
  • Bachelor's degree (17.4%)
  • Associate's degree (7.3%)
  • Some college, no degree (20.5%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (30.5%)
  • Less than high school diploma (17%)

Percent of workers in this field

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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Transport animals, crops, or equipment.
  • Harvest agricultural products.
  • Plant crops, trees, or other plants.
  • Inspect equipment or facilities to determine condition or maintenance needs.
  • Apply chemical solutions to plants to protect against disease or insects or to enhance growth.
  • Record agricultural or forestry inventory data.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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