Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 19-1032 Foresters
Manage 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 the best time for harvesting. Develop forest management plans for public and privately-owned forested lands.
Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Tasks: Monitor contract compliance and results of forestry activities to assure adherence to government regulations. Plan and supervise forestry projects, such as determining the type, number and placement of trees to be planted, managing tree nurseries, thinning forest and monitoring growth of new seedlings. Establish short- and long-term plans for management of forest lands and forest resources. Determine methods of cutting and removing timber with minimum waste and environmental damage. Supervise activities of other forestry workers. Perform inspections of forests or forest nurseries. Plan and direct forest surveys and related studies and prepare reports and recommendations. Direct, and participate in, forest fire suppression. Choose and prepare sites for new trees, using controlled burning, bulldozers, or herbicides to clear weeds, brush, and logging debris.
License: This applicant should contact the State Board of Registration for Foresters for application forms, procedures, and examination schedules. Application Fee: $50.00 Registration Fee: $50.00 License Fee: $100.00 Re-examination Fee: $100.00 Renewal Fee: $100.00 Registered Forester Window Decal: $1.00
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $22.00   Entry $45,760.00
Mean $30.98   Mean $64,436.00
Experience $35.47 Experience $73,774.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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