Forestry & logging jobs

Updated February 21, 2017

Forests provide an important natural resource throughout the world. They yield environmental benefits, beauty and raw materials for construction and other commercial uses. Within the workforce there are some jobs that deal directly with the protection, care and harvesting of forests. These forestry and logging jobs are all different from one another, although they each depend on the trees of the world.

Forestry and Conservation

Some jobs involving forestry are conservation jobs meant to sustain trees as a natural resource and protect the land from over-harvesting. Forestry and conservation specialists work for the federal and state government in parks, and they work in the field, replanting timberland areas so that tree populations remain healthy.

Tree nurseries run by the government sometimes employ conservation workers. They care for seedlings and choose the best trees for reforesting while discarding substandard specimens. Other forestry workers cut back trees that interfere with roads and power lines and clear brush from high-traffic areas.


One of the most dangerous and physically demanding jobs in the forest is that of the lumberjack. This job entails journeying deep into the forest and using chainsaws and other tools to cut down trees for commercial use. Lumberjacks cut notches in large trees to make them fall in a certain direction. While this usually works, it is not guaranteed and these loggers must be alert to how each tree moves. Some trees that lumberjacks cut down are a century or more old and weigh several tons. One wrong move can mean the difference between life or death in the job.

Not only are lumberjacks in danger of being injured by falling trees, they are also deep in the woods where there can be biting and stinging insects and potentially dangerous animals. If an injury occurs, the lumberjack is often hours from the nearest hospital.


The most scientific job in the forestry business is the arborist's. Arborists are often called tree doctors because their primary function is to care for the health of trees. They diagnose and treat diseases. They also serve as advisers to tree trimmers and make recommendations on pruning, planting and other topics related to trees.

Arborists often work for city governments, utility companies and businesses involved in forestry or logging. Arborists generally have a bachelor's degree in arboriculture, horticulture or forestry. They might be required to become certified for particular jobs. Common designations include the International Society of Arborists certification and the Tree Care Safety Professional certification, according to the Diploma Guide website.

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Lee Morgan is a fiction writer and journalist. His writing has appeared for more than 15 years in many news publications including the "Tennesseean," the "Tampa Tribune," "West Hawaii Today," the "Honolulu Star Bulletin" and the "Dickson Herald," where he was sports editor. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mass communications from Middle Tennessee State University.