Foresters are professionals who use technology, engineering and science skills to plan, analyse and manage plantation forests.
Forest managers plan and direct the silviculture [planting, thinning, pruning and looking after the health of the forest as it is growing], harvesting and protection of forests for wood production. They may manage their own staff, as well as forest contractors.
Forestry analysts work out how much forests are worth, use computer based growth models, and come up with strategic plans for making the best economic return from each plantation. They may also use computer simulations to figure out how many trees a company needs to plant in order to mop up their carbon dioxide emissions.
Forestry consultants help forest owners and logging contractors to work more efficiently by delivering appropriate business strategies and advice about a range of aspects of harvesting, shipping and selling logs.
Foresters typically earn:
Key tertiary qualifications include:
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