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Forest and Conservation Technicians

Forest and Conservation Technicians
Quick Facts : Forest and Conservation Technicians*
2010 Median Pay$33,390
Entry Level EducationAssociate's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201236,500
Job Outlook-1% (Little or no change)
Employment Change-400


Forest and conservation technicians measure and improve the quality of forests, rangeland, and other natural areas. They monitor the activities of loggers and other workers who harvest the forests? natural resources. Generally, forest and conservation technicians work under the supervision of foresters or conservation scientists.

What Forest and Conservation Technicians Do

  • Gather data on water and soil quality, disease, and insect damage to trees and other plants, and conditions that may pose a fire hazard
  • Track where wildlife goes, help build roads, and maintain trails, campsites, and other recreational facilities
  • Monitor the activities of loggers and others who remove trees for timber sales or for other reasons
  • Communicate with foresters, scientists, and sometimes the public about ongoing forestry and conservation activities
  • Suppress forest fires with fire control activities, including training other forestry workers and coordinating detection programs

Work Environment

Forest and conservation technicians typically work outdoors, sometimes in remote locations.
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Job Outlook

Employment of forest and conservation technicians is expected to experience little or no change from 2010 to 2020 with most growth expected to be in federally owned forest lands.
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Pay

In May 2010, the average salary of forest and conservation technicians was $33,390.
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Forest and Conservation Technicians*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Forest and Conservation Technicians

33390

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

59516.2857

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Forest and Conservation Technicians*
Percent Change in Employment

Forest and Conservation Technicians

-1.09589

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

13.36232967887606

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Forest and Conservation Technicians

Forestry and conservation technicians typically need an associate's degree in a forestry technology or technician program or in a related field. Most forestry and conservation technology programs are accredited by SAF, and every state has accredited programs.
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