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How will your forestry education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the forestry education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. The US has 133 brick and mortar forestry schools.

Top Schools

In 2010, the top schools in the country with forestry programs were:

  1. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  2. University of California-Berkeley - located in Berkeley, California
  3. Duke University - located in Durham, North Carolina

Student Demographics

In 2010, degrees in forestry were earned by 1,983 students in the US. Of these students, 96 received certifications in forestry, 1,274 received an undergraduate degree in forestry, and 613 received a graduate-level degree in forestry.


Students can pursue education in forestry at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Forestry
  • Bachelor's Degree in Forestry
  • Master's Degree in Forestry
  • Doctoral Degree in Forestry
  • Certificate in Forestry

Forestry students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their forestry degree:

  • Conservation Biology
  • Research Methods
  • Observation
  • Economics
  • Critical Thinking and Analysis


Students at forestry schools around the nation paid an average of $12,187 in tuition fees per year in 2010. The highest tuition was charged by the following forestry schools:

  1. Duke University - located in Durham, North Carolina, students paid $38,741
  2. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut, students paid $36,500
  3. Sewanee-The University of the South - located in Sewanee, Tennessee, students paid $34,172

The following forestry schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Utah State University - located in Logan, Utah, students paid $4,828
  2. University of Florida - located in Gainesville, Florida, students paid $4,373
  3. University of Idaho - located in Moscow, Idaho, students paid $4,932

How will your forestry job compare?

A large number of forestry majors become foresters. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 9,470 foresters working in the US in 2010. The largest numbers of foresters work in the following states:

  1. California - 920 Foresters
  2. Washington State - 570 Foresters
  3. Oregon - 570 Foresters

Projected Growth

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of people working as a forester is expected to grow by 6% by 2018. There are projected to be 12,900 foresters working in the US then. The following states are projected to have the fastest growth for foresters over the next few years:

  1. Utah - 18%
  2. Colorado - 18%
  3. California - 18%


A forester in the US earns $53,927 per year on average. However, the salary for a forester can greatly vary based on factors such as experience, location or your employer. A forester in the US can earn anywhere from less than $25,830 per year to more than $111,490 per year. Foresters in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

  1. New Jersey - $67,890 per year
  2. Illinois - $67,590 per year
  3. California - $65,530 per year

The states with the lowest average salary for foresters are:

  1. Kentucky - $43,870 per year
  2. Mississippi - $44,210 per year
  3. Tennessee - $45,780 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers 58,800 $71,890 9.9%
Forest and Conservation Technicians 32,290 $36,860 7.8%
Conservation Scientists 18,880 $61,200 21.5%
Foresters 9,470 $55,790 -11.9%
Forest and Conservation Workers 7,040 $27,740 -19.1%
Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists 1,530 $40,200 -11.0%