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Education and Employment in the Forest Products Field

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The forest products field requires a broad array of knowledge and skills, partly met by graduates of forestry schools. Current undergraduate curricula in wood science and technology (forest products) emphasize better mathematics and science, a wood science core, and widespread chance for concentration. Numbers of graduates the last six years are nearly static: graduates of two-year programs are increasing. Better recruitment and improved continuing education are essential, for employment opportunities far exceed supply. Follow-up study of education in wood science and technology based on study of job requirements is recommended. Means for up-grading faculty must be developed, more industrial in-service training should be set up, liberal arts and socially oriented program content must be increased, and by 1980, opportunity should be provided for at least a year of advanced study for those completing four-year programs.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Head, Forest Products Dep., Sch. Forestry, Oregon State Univ., Corvallis

Publication date: July 1, 1970

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.476
    Ranking: 22 of 66 in forestry

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