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Forestry Schools

As a professor or instructor of forestry classes at one of the 133 accredited forestry schools in the country, you play a key role in shaping the education, and, in effect, the future of this growing field. The trends in the forestry academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below, which includes forestry training at the following levels:

  • Forestry Certificate
  • Associates degree in Forestry
  • Bachelors degree in Forestry
  • Masters degree in Forestry
  • PhD degree in Forestry


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Forestry professionals

118,390 116,510 120,000 123,610 128,010
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In 2010, 128,010 forestry professionals were working in the US. This number has grown by 8% over the course of the past 4 years.

And the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010 was 1%. Until 2018 this trend is expected to contine.

National Salary percentiles for Forestry professionals

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Forestry professionals in the US earned a median salary of $45,715 per year in 2010. This is 28% less than the national median salary for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Forestry

$42,282 $43,180 $44,357 $45,605 $45,715
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Forestry professionals' salaries have grown by 8% between the years 2006 and 2010.

Educational Trends

National Forestry Student enrollment growth by degree

824 395 378 348 330
2,214 999 1,084 1,127 944
254 146 101 168 149
1,074 456 439 443 464
196 150 129 150 96
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Forestry
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Forestry
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Forestry
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Forestry
  • Grey: Certificate in Forestry

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for forestry professionals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In the US, 4,562 students graduated from forestry degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 1,983 students graduated from forestry schools.

This represents a 57% change in 4 years. This decline in the number of students graduating from forestry courses is greater than the 12% growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general.

Forestry Programs offered Nationwide


While student graduation numbers are down, the number of schools offering forestry programs has also decreased. There were 139 forestry schools across the country in 2006. And there were 133 schools in 2010.

Forestry Faculty Salaries

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