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Occupation Title: Forest & Conservation Workers

Description: Under supervision, perform manual labor necessary to develop, maintain, or protect areas such as forests, forested areas, woodlands, wetlands, and rangelands through such activities as raising and transporting seedlings; combating insects, pests, and diseases harmful to plant life; and building structures to control water, erosion, and leaching of soil.

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 45-4011

Sample Job Titles: Christmas Tree Grower, Tree Planter, Field Laborer, Forestry Support Specialist, Conservation Officer, Geographic Information Systems Coordinator (GIS Coordinator), Reforestation Worker

 Salary Chart Forest & Conservation Workers

Estimated Total Employment*
2008: 8,280
2009: 5,840
2010: 7,040
2011: 8,250
2012: 7,910

Data Source:
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Projected Job Openings (2010-2020): 3,500
Projected Growth (2010-2020): -2 to 2%

(total 10 year projection, not annual)

Data Source:
O*NET Online

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics program does not include self-employed workers in employment estimates. O*NET and other BLS programs do include self-employed workers.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. REC-0439914 and DRL-0910041 (Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education in Geography).

Suggested citation: Association of American Geographers, Jobs & Careers Website, Salary Data and Trends, http://www.aag.org/cs/salary_data_and_trends/salary_data_and_trends_overview (accessed mm//dd/yyyy).