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SOC: 45-4023 Log Graders and Scalers
Grade logs or estimate the marketable content or value of logs or pulpwood in sorting yards, millpond, log deck, or similar locations. Inspect logs for defects or measure logs to determine volume. Exclude "Purchasing Agents and Buyers, Farm Products" (13-1021).
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Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Evaluate log characteristics and determine grades, using established criteria. Record data about individual trees or load volumes into tally books or hand-held collection terminals. Paint identification marks of specified colors on logs to identify grades or species, using spray cans, or call out grades to log markers. Measure felled logs or loads of pulpwood to calculate volume, weight, dimensions, and marketable value, using measuring devices and conversion tables. Measure log lengths and mark boles for bucking into logs, according to specifications. Identify logs of substandard or special grade so that they can be returned to shippers, regraded, recut, or transferred for other processing. Jab logs with metal ends of scale sticks, and inspect logs to ascertain characteristics or defects such as water damage, splits, knots, broken ends, rotten areas, twists, and curves. Drive to sawmills, wharfs, or skids to inspect logs or pulpwood.
License: License not required.
Outlook: poor
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $13.91   Entry $28,931.00
Mean $18.77   Mean $39,040.00
Experience $21.19 Experience $44,090.00

The data is based on the May 2016 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2017.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2014Projected Employment 2024Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
1301405.74
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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
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45-4023.00 Log Graders and Scalers