Foresters study, develop and manage forest areas to maintain commercial and recreational uses, conserve flora and fauna, and protect against fire, pests and diseases.

Specialisations: Forestry Adviser, Forestry Consultant.

You usually need a bachelor degree in forest science and management, or a science degree with a major in forestry to work as a Forester. In some states, training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Manages forest resources to maximise their long-term commercial, recreational and environmental benefits for the community.
  • Studies the propagation and culture of forest trees, methods for improving the growth of stock, and the effects of thinning on forest yields.
  • Prepares plans for reforestation and devises efficient harvesting systems.
  • Investigates, plans and implements management procedures to cope with the effects of fires, floods, droughts, soil erosion, insect pests and diseases.

More about Agricultural and Forestry Scientists

All Agricultural and Forestry Scientists

  • $2,218 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Foresters

  • 980 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 84% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 15% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Foresters (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 1,200 in 2011 to 980 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Foresters work in many parts of Australia. Tasmania has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Public Administration and Safety; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (84%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (52%).
  • Gender: 15% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing68.6
Public Administration and Safety12.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services7.5
Manufacturing3.0
Other Industries8.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateForestersAll Jobs Average
NSW20.031.6
VIC28.525.6
QLD11.520.0
SA7.17.0
WA15.310.8
TAS14.52.0
NT1.31.0
ACT1.71.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketForestersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.6-5.05.0
20-244.3-9.39.3
25-3417.6-22.922.9
35-4425.8-22.022.0
45-5427.0-21.621.6
55-5911.7-9.09.0
60-648.2-6.06.0
65 and Over4.7-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationForestersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate15.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree38.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV11.4-21.121.1
Year 126.9-18.118.1
Year 111.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below9.9-12.512.5

You usually need a bachelor degree in forest science and management, or a science degree with a major in forestry to work as a Forester. In some states, training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Membership with the Ag Institute Australia and the Institute of Foresters of Australia may be useful.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management, Forest and Wood Products Industry, Sustainability and Laboratory Operations VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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Employers look for Agricultural and Forestry Scientists who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

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Knowledge

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  1. Customer and Personal Service

    72% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Mathematics

    63% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Geography

    61% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  4. Computers and Electronics

    61% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. Clerical

    60% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

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  1. Electronic Mail

    96% Important

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  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    91% Important

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  3. Telephone

    88% Important

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  4. Freedom to Make Decisions

    87% Important

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  5. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    84% Important

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