Employment and Education in Forestry: National Perspectives, North Carolina Trends

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A comparison of data on the first jobs of one university's forestry graduates with national data on members of the foresters' professional association points to some trends in forestry employment. Compared with older alumni and with Society of American Foresters members as a whole, recent graduates from North Carolina State University are taking fewer positions with federal agencies and in land management, but more consulting jobs and specialized procurement or environmental services positions. Graduates with advanced degrees are finding more career opportunities than bachelor's-degree foresters. To prepare their graduates for future employment, forestry education programs need to reflect regional differences in employment.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Director, Science and Education, Society of American Foresters, Bethesda, Maryland

Publication date: September 1, 1999

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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.
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