Forestry Professionals

(NOC 2122)

in All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Forestry professionals conduct research, develop plans and administer and direct programs related to the management and harvesting of forest resources. They are employed by 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 openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

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

  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 3095 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. 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).

The median employment income for 83% of Forestry Professionals who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $74,686. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$74,241

Median

N/A

Maximum

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

Hourly Pay

$17.69

Minimum

$31.35

Median

$47.18

Maximum

Annual Pay

$13,568

Minimum

$60,422

Median

$107,009

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

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

Job duties

Forestry professionals perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Plan and direct forest surveys and related studies and prepare reports and recommendations.
  • Establish 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 terms and conditions of agreements and contracts for forest harvesting, forest management and leasing of forest lands.
  • Monitor contract compliance and results of forestry activities.
  • Ensure adherence to government regulations and company objectives.
  • Plan and conduct public relations programs, and education and extension programs related to forestry.
  • Develop and oversee programs for tree seedling production and woodlands nursery operations.
  • Conduct advanced research in the areas of tree improvement, nursery seedling production, forest soils, forest ecology, forest mensuration, forest operations and other areas.
  • Provide advice and recommendations, as a consultant on forestry issues, to private woodlot owners, municipal, provincial or federal governments or to 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

To work in this field, you should have an aptitude for seeing the bigger picture, which will be needed for long-term resource management. Good communication skills are required to convey this picture to your coworkers and the public. Leadership and effective oral 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, but also recognize that 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 in particular, will start you on the right path.

Job requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in forestry or forestry engineering is required.
  • 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

Unlike other forestry occupations, there are no significant seasonal patterns of unemployment among foresters. Supervisory and senior jobs in this group require additional experience. With experience, mobility is possible to management positions in government and industry.

By the numbers

Quick look

65

employed in 2016

100.0%

employed full-time

23.1%

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

93.6%

employed full-time

6.9%

self employed

20.0%
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80%
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42.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

46.2%

Northern

15.4%

Cape Breton

15.4%

Halifax

15.4%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

25.0%

Forestry and Logging

25.0%

Paper Manufacturing

16.7%

Other Industries

16.7%

Other Services

16.7%

Public Administration

What is the age of Employment?

37.5%

55-64

37.5%

45-54

25.0%

35-44

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

32.5%

35-44

32.0%

45-54

18.0%

55-64

13.5%

25-34

3.5%

65+

Top levels of education

54.5%

Bachelor's degree

$55,848 median annual income
27.3%

College certificate or diploma

N/A
18.2%

University advanced certificate or diploma

N/A
18.2%

Doctorate

$84,998 median annual income

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

33.7%

College certificate or diploma

$52,476 median annual income
29.7%

Bachelor's degree

$58,011 median annual income
12.1%

High school

$35,125 median annual income
9.7%

Master's degree

$37,706 median annual income
6.8%

Trades certificate

$54,923 median annual income

Education & training

Forest engineering

This program is typically offered at the university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply scientific, mathematical, and forestry principles to the design of mechanical devices and processes for efficient forest management, timber production and related forest logistics systems. These programs include courses in forest products processing, forest management, forest harvesting, timber structure design, production analysis, road and bridge construction, vehicle adaptation and design, and harvesting equipment design.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Forestry - Other

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program not listed above that relates to Forestry.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Forester

Right to Title: This job is regulated in Nova Scotia. The job title is protected (you may not use this job title without a professional designation). Professional designation shows that the holder has met provincial requirements for the job. Employers may require professional designation, however, you do not need professional designation to legally work in this job.

Regulating body:
Registered Professional Foresters Association of Nova Scotia
PO Box 1031
Truro, NS B2N 5G9

Contacts

Canadian Institute of Forestry - Nova Scotia
c/o The Canadian Ecology Centre P.O Box 99, 6905 Hwy. 17 West
MATTAWA, ON P0H 1V0
Tel: (705) 744-1715
Fax: (705) 744-1716
Forestry Safety Society of Nova Scotia
PO Box 696
Truro, NS B2N 5E5
Tel: (902) 895-1107
Fax: (902) 895-4270
Nova Scotia Forestry Association
PO Box 696
Truro, NS B2N 5E5
Tel: (902) 895-1179
Fax: (902) 893-1197
Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia
PO Box 696
Truro, NS B2N 5E5
Tel: (902) 895-1179
Fax: (902) 893-1197
Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 698
Halifax, NS B3J 2T9
Tel: (902) 424-5935
Fax: (902) 424-7735
Canadian Institute of Forestry
P.O. BOX 99, 6905 HWY. 17 WEST
MATTAWA, ON POH 1V0
Tel: (705) 744-1715
Fax: (705) 744-1716

Additional resources

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