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Entry-Level Competency and Skill Requirements of Foresters: What Do Employers Want?

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A survey of US forestry employers, asked about the skills and courses they require of entry-level foresters, reveals that today's forestry curricula, supplemented with on-the-job training specific to each position, adequately prepare most four-year graduates starting their careers in government and industry. The dynamic nature of the profession, however, dictates the need for periodic reassessments of curricula. Programs that have not undergone significant change in the last five years are likely out of date. Results of this study show employers' desire for new hires with broad science backgrounds and good communications skills.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor and Chair, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University, Ithaca

Publication date: 1998-02-01

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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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