|Quick Facts: Forest and Conservation Technicians|
|2012 Median Pay||
$33,920 per year
$16.31 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Associate’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||34,000|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||-4% (Decline)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||-1,200|
Forest and conservation technicians measure and improve the quality of forests, rangeland, and other natural areas.
Forest and conservation technicians typically work outdoors, sometimes in remote locations and in all types of weather. The work can be physically difficult.
Forest and conservation technicians typically need an associate’s degree in forestry or a related field. Employers look for technicians who have a degree that is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF).
The median annual wage for forest and conservation technicians was $33,920 in May 2012.
Employment of forest and conservation technicians is projected to decline 4 percent from 2012 to 2022.Heightened demand for American timber, wood pellets, and biomass will help overall job prospects for forest and conservation technicians.
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