Forestry Professionals

(NOC 2122)

in All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Forestry professionals research, develop plans, and administer and direct programs related to the management and harvesting of forest resources. They work for the forest industry, provincial and federal governments, consulting companies, educational institutions and other industries, or they may be self-employed.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate 0 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

  • Estimate 3410 employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 5690 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Forestry Professionals most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically temporary positions (such as a term, contract, or casual work).

Hourly Pay

$16.54

Minimum

$41.50

Median

$49.23

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$74,241

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Hourly Pay

$18.00

Minimum

$34.90

Median

$54.10

Maximum

Annual Pay

$13,568

Minimum

$60,422

Median

$107,009

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Forestry professionals research, develop plans, and administer and direct programs related to the management and harvesting of forest resources. They work for the forest industry, provincial and federal governments, consulting companies, educational institutions and other industries, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties

Forestry professionals:

  • Plan and direct forest surveys and related studies and prepare reports and recommendations.
  • Create short- and long-term plans for management of forest lands and forest resources.
  • Plan and direct woodlands harvesting, reforestation, silviculture and fire prevention and fire suppression programs, road building, wildlife management, environmental protection and insect and vegetation control programs.
  • Negotiate agreements and contracts for forest harvesting, forest management and leasing of forest lands.
  • Monitor contract compliance and results of forestry activities.
  • Make sure government regulations and company objectives are followed.
  • Plan and carry out public relations programs, and education and extension programs related to forestry.
  • Develop and manage programs for tree seedling production and woodlands nursery operations.
  • Research tree improvement, nursery seedling production, forest soils, forest ecology, forest mensuration, forest operations and other areas.
  • Consult on forestry issues with private woodlot owners, municipal, provincial, or federal governments or companies.

Sample job titles

  • forest engineer
  • forester
  • forestry superintendent
  • industrial forester
  • parks and recreation forester
  • professional forester
  • regional forest inventory officer
  • registered professional forester (RPF)

Skills

  • You should have an aptitude for seeing the bigger picture, which is needed for long-term resource management. Leadership and effective spoken and written communication skills are necessary. You must be able to work as part of a team, using both administrative and project management skills. You should enjoy working outdoors and be physically capable of travelling through rough terrain. A portion of your time will be spent working in an office environment where computer skills are required. An interest in science and biology, and the relationships between living organisms will start you on the right path.

Job requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in forestry or forestry engineering.
  • Certification as a forester or forest engineer by provincially chartered associations is required in provinces having such associations.
  • A two-year practicum of supervised work experience and professional examinations are usually required before registration.

Other considerations

  • There are no significant seasonal patterns of unemployment among foresters. Supervisory and senior jobs in this group require additional experience. With experience, movement to management positions in government and industry is possible.

By the numbers

Quick look

65

employed in 2016

83.3%

employed full-time

16.7%

self employed

0.0%
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100%
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45.8

median age

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

25,875

employed in 2016

91.5%

employed full-time

7.6%

self employed

20.0%
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80%
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42.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

50.0%

North Shore

$74,351 median annual income
16.7%

Annapolis Valley

N/A
16.7%

Cape Breton

N/A
16.7%

Halifax

N/A

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

33.3%

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

16.7%

Professional, scientific and technical services

16.7%

Other services (except public administration)

16.7%

Public administration

16.7%

Manufacturing

What is the age of Employment?

31.0%

35-44

23.0%

45-54

15.0%

55-64

15.0%

25-34

15.0%

65+

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

24.2%

25-34

23.5%

45-54

23.4%

35-44

16.4%

55-64

7.7%

15-24

Top levels of education

46.2%

Bachelor

N/A
23.1%

College Diploma

N/A
15.4%

Master

N/A

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

33.1%

College Diploma

$59,986 median annual income
29.8%

Bachelor

$63,965 median annual income
11.9%

High school

$45,835 median annual income
9.9%

Master

$65,105 median annual income
6.9%

Trade Certification

$57,773 median annual income

Education & training

Natural Resources Management and Policy

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs prepare students to plan, develop, manage, and evaluate programs to protect and regulate natural habitats and renewable natural resources. They include courses in the principles of wildlife and conservation biology, environmental science, animal population surveying, natural resource economics, management techniques for various habitats, applicable law and policy, administrative and communications skills, and public relations.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

Truro, NS

Nova Scotia Community College

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Forester

Right to Title: This job is regulated in Nova Scotia. The job title is protected, and you may not use it without a professional designation. Professional designation shows that the holder has met provincial standards for the job. Employers may require professional designation, but professional designation is not necessary to do this work.

Regulating body:
Registered Professional Foresters Association of Nova Scotia
Truro, NS

Contacts

Canadian Institute of Forestry - Nova Scotia
Mattawa, ON
Forestry Safety Society of Nova Scotia
Truro, NS
Forest Nova Scotia
Hildon, NS
Nova Scotia Department of Resources and Renewables
Halifax, NS
Canadian Institute of Forestry
Mattawa, ON

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.