Forestry Schools In Illinois

Illinois has 2 accredited forestry schools where forestry faculty who teach forestry classes can find employment. Below are statistics and other relevant data to help analyze the state of forestry and forestry training in Illinois, which includes forestry training at the following levels:

  • Forestry Certificate
  • Bachelors degree in Forestry
  • Masters degree in Forestry


  1. College of Lake County

    19351 W Washington St., Grayslake, Illinois 60030-1198

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  2. Southern Illinois University Carbondale

    Carbondale, Illinois 62901-4512

    170 U.S. News National University Ranking



Professional Trends

Illinois Vs. National Forestry Employment

Illinois 4,070
National 128,010

Of all of the forestry professionals in the country, nearly 3% are in the state of Illinois.

Employment Growth for Forestry professionals In Illinois

2,320 2,520 850 4,020 4,070
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

In Illinois, forestry is a growing field. In Illinois, 1,750 more forestry professionals were working in 2010, than there were in 2006. So, in four years, the number of forestry professionals has grown by 75%. This is faster than the trend for forestry professionals around the US. Nationally, the number of forestry professionals has grown by 8% between 2006 and 2010.

Forestry VS. All Professions salaries in Illinois

$53,246 $57,272 $50,825 $60,306 $59,210
$46,261 $48,114 $49,602 $50,552 $51,250
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Forestry
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

The salaries paid to forestry professionals are growing in Illinois. The mean salary for forestry professionals in 2006 was $53,246 per year. And in 2010 the mean salary was $59,210 per year.

Salary percentiles for Forestry professionals in Illinois

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Thus, forestry professionals' salaries grew by 10% in 4 years. State trends for all professions mirror this growth. In Illinois state, within the field of forestry, there is a huge variation in pay. The highest paid forestry professionals earn 141% more money than those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket.

Average Salaries for Forestry professionals and related professions in Illinois

Fire Science
Public Administration

In Illinois, forestry professionals earn, on average, less than professionals in related fields.

Educational Trends

Forestry programs available for each degree type for all schools in Illinois


The number of students graduating from the 2 accredited forestry schools in Illinois is decreasing. In Illinois, there were 106 graduates in 2006. And there were 49 graduates from forestry courses in 2010.

This represents a 54% decrease in the number of forestry degree or certificate school graduates in Illinois state. Most of these graduates, or 33%, earned a bachelor's degree in forestry.

Forestry Faculty Salaries in Illinois

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