EDUCATION AND CAREERS
Early forest managers recognised that forestry was
multifaceted and required a professional who was strong
and smart. This led to a national approach for forestry
education that was established over a hundred years
ago. The early forestry degrees covered silviculture,
forest management, policy, law, engineering, forest uses,
protection, botany, entomology, zoology, microbiology,
chemistry and geology.
The modern day forester is highly educated and
qualified and comes from many different backgrounds.
Many foresters have undergraduate degrees in
environmental and natural resource management,
ecology, science, geology, business and engineering while
some have a Masters in Forestry.
Technical courses complete the qualifications
available to the forestry industry delivering skills such as
health and safety, forestry and plantation management,
harvesting, haulage, machinery operation and recreation.
In addition, industries affiliated with forestry have grown
over the years to include processing, marketing, timber
manufacturing, merchandising and wood machining. As
a result, timber supply continues to play a significant and
substantial role with these other industries.
Today, the forest and wood products industries
employ more than 73,000 people across Australia in a
diverse range of roles at every stage of timber production
from forest management and growing to harvesting
and haulage through to sawmilling and pulp and paper