Forestry Workers assist with cultivating, maintaining and protecting forests.

Specialisations: Fire Lookout, Forestry Tree Pruner, Tree Planter.

You can work as a Forestry Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in forest growing or conservation and land management might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Maintains forest roads, buildings, facilities, signs and equipment.
  • Kills weeds, fells and de-barks non-productive trees and thins young plantations.
  • Collect seeds, and cultivates and plants seedlings for reforestation purposes.
  • Applies fertilisers, insecticides and herbicides to individual trees and general forest areas.
  • Maintains look-out for fires in forests.

More about Forestry and Logging Workers

All Forestry and Logging Workers

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

Forestry Workers

  • 1,200 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 65% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 34 years Average age
  • 14% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Forestry Workers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 1,400 in 2011 to 1,200 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Forestry Workers work in many parts of Australia. South Australia and Tasmania have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Public Administration and Safety; and Construction.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (65%, similar to the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 34 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (29%).
  • Gender: 14% 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 Fishing69.2
Public Administration and Safety6.6
Construction4.7
Administrative and Support Services4.4
Other Industries15.1

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.
StateForestry WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW18.431.6
VIC29.225.6
QLD15.420.0
SA11.67.0
WA12.010.8
TAS11.42.0
NT1.71.0
ACT0.41.9

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 WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-199.0-5.05.0
20-2419.6-9.39.3
25-3421.8-22.922.9
35-4416.7-22.022.0
45-5416.5-21.621.6
55-597.5-9.09.0
60-645.9-6.06.0
65 and Over2.9-4.24.2

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 WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree9.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.1-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV23.9-21.121.1
Year 1223.2-18.118.1
Year 119.4-4.84.8
Year 10 and below26.6-12.512.5

You can work as a Forestry Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in forest growing or conservation and land management might be helpful.

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.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


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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. Geography

    72% 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.

  2. Education and Training

    70% Skill level

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

  3. Clerical

    63% Skill level

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

  4. Computers and Electronics

    54% Skill level

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

  5. Mathematics

    54% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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Demands

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  1. Electronic Mail

    95% Important

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  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    95% Important

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  3. Telephone

    95% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  4. Contact With Others

    94% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  5. In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment

    90% Important

    How often do you work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car)?

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