Forestry and Logging Workers perform routine tasks associated in cultivating and maintaining natural and plantation forests, and logging, felling and sawing trees. Tree Surgeons not included here, they are included under Gardeners.

    You can work as a Forestry or Logging Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in forestry studies might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • maintaining forest roads, buildings, facilities, signs and equipment
    • killing weeds, felling and de-barking non-productive trees and thinning young plantations
    • collecting seeds, and cultivating and planting seedlings for reafforestation purposes
    • applying fertilisers, insecticides and herbicides to individual trees and general forest areas
    • maintaining look-out for fires in forests
    • removing major branches and tree tops, trimming branches and sawing trunks into logs
    • assisting with loading and transporting logs
    • planning the felling of trees and determining the natural and intended fall of each tree
    • clearing surrounding area of saplings and debris prior to tree-felling
    • operating and maintaining manual and machine saws to fell trees and to cut felled trees into logs

    More about Forestry and Logging Workers

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    All Forestry and Logging Workers

    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Higher Unemployment Unemployment
    • 2,600 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 72% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 46 hours Average full-time
    • 38 years Average age
    • 10% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Forestry and Logging Workers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 2,600 in 2018 to 2,600 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 2,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 400 a year).

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2018.
    • Location: Forestry and Logging Workers work in many parts of Australia. Tasmania has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Administrative and Support Services; and Manufacturing.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (72%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 10% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20083200
    20093800
    20104500
    20111700
    20123700
    20131200
    20143800
    20151400
    20162900
    20172100
    20182600
    20232600

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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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 Fishing64.7
    Administrative and Support Services9.3
    Manufacturing4.9
    Public Administration and Safety4.5
    Other Industries16.6

    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.
    StateForestry and Logging WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW21.831.6
    VIC26.125.6
    QLD17.120.0
    SA10.07.0
    WA9.510.8
    TAS13.72.0
    NT1.31.0
    ACT0.51.9

    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 BracketForestry and Logging WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-196.7-5.05.0
    20-2415.4-9.39.3
    25-3421.4-22.922.9
    35-4417.9-22.022.0
    45-5419.9-21.621.6
    55-598.5-9.09.0
    60-646.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.9-4.24.2

    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 QualificationForestry and Logging WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree6.7-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV24.7-21.121.1
    Year 1217.8-18.118.1
    Year 119.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below35.0-12.512.5

    You can work as a Forestry or Logging Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in forestry studies might be helpful.

    Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as a Forestry or Logging Worker.

    Thinking about study or training?

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

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Forest and Wood Products Industry VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for Forestry and Logging Workers who are reliable, hardworking and physically fit.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      63% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    2. Administration and Management

      40% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    3. Public Safety and Security

      34% Skill level

      Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

    4. Transportation

      33% Skill level

      Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

    5. Production and Processing

      32% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 45-4022.00 - Logging Equipment Operators.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

      96% Important

      How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

    2. Exposed to Contaminants

      94% Important

      How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

    3. Exposed to Hazardous Equipment

      94% Important

      How often do you work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic?

    4. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      92% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    5. Face-to-Face Discussions

      92% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

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