Forest Managers manage the production activities of forestry operations.

Specialisations: Harvest Manager (Forestry), Operations Manager (Forestry).

You can work as a Forest Manager without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Forest Managers.

Tasks

  • Determines, implements and monitors production strategies, policies and plans.
  • Plans details of production activities in terms of output, quality, quantity, cost, time available and labour requirements.
  • Controls the operation of production plant and quality procedures through the planning of maintenance, designation of operating hours, and supply of parts and tools.
  • Monitors production output and costs, adjusting the processes and resources to minimise costs.
  • Informs other managers about production matters.
  • Oversees acquisition and installation of new plant and equipment.
  • Directs research into production methods, recommending and implementing appropriate initiatives.
  • Controls preparation of production records and reports.
  • Co-ordinates the implementation of occupational health and safety requirements.
  • Directs staff activities and monitors their performance.

More about Production Managers

All Production Managers

  • $2,258 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Forest Managers

  • 450 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 91% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 48 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 12% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Forest Managers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 320 in 2011 to 450 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Forest Managers work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia and Tasmania have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Public Administration and Safety; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (91%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 48 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (57%).
  • Gender: 12% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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 Fishing66.3
Public Administration and Safety13.7
Manufacturing9.8
Administrative and Support Services2.8
Other Industries7.4

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.
StateForest ManagersAll Jobs Average
NSW20.031.6
VIC28.025.6
QLD10.420.0
SA8.97.0
WA18.010.8
TAS12.12.0
NT2.01.0
ACT0.71.9

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 BracketForest ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.7-5.05.0
20-241.5-9.39.3
25-3413.5-22.922.9
35-4427.7-22.022.0
45-5431.6-21.621.6
55-5916.1-9.09.0
60-646.8-6.06.0
65 and Over2.2-4.24.2

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 QualificationForest ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate8.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree30.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV21.9-21.121.1
Year 127.5-18.118.1
Year 112.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below12.7-12.512.5

You can work as a Forest Manager without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Forest Managers.

Thinking about study or training?

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Employers look for Production Managers who are reliable, organised and can communicate clearly. Employers also value leadership and planning skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    68% Skill level

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

  2. Production and Processing

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Administration and Management

    55% Skill level

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

  4. Transportation

    49% Skill level

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

  5. Education and Training

    48% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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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, 45-1011.05 - First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

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

  1. Frequency of Decision Making

    99% Important

    How often do you make decisions that affect other people?

  2. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

    98% Important

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

  3. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    98% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

  4. Face-to-Face Discussions

    97% Important

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

  5. Impact of Decisions

    95% Important

    What results do your decisions have on other people?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 45-1011.05 - First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers.

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