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Overview

All Agricultural and Forestry Scientists

  • $2,218 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

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

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. Forestry management courses are also available through Vocational Education and Training (VET) a

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.

Prospects

Pathways

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. Forestry management courses are also available through Vocational Education and Training (VET) a

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

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management, Forest and Wood Products Industry, Sustainability and Laboratory Operations VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

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

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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.

  6. English language

    57% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  7. Biology

    57% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  8. Administration and management

    55% Skill level

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

  9. Law and government

    53% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  10. Education and training

    49% Skill level

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

  11. Personnel and human resources

    49% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  12. Public safety and security

    48% Skill level

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

  13. Engineering and technology

    45% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  14. Transportation

    43% Skill level

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

  15. Technical design

    43% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  16. Economics and accounting

    41% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  17. Production and processing

    37% Skill level

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

  18. Mechanical

    36% Skill level

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

  19. History and archeology

    35% Skill level

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

  20. Communications and media

    32% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Judgment and decision making

    63% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  2. Monitoring

    63% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  3. Systems analysis

    63% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  4. Critical thinking

    61% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  5. Complex problem solving

    59% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  6. Coordination with others

    59% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  7. Writing

    59% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  8. Reading comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  9. Active listening

    55% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  10. Systems evaluation

    55% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  11. Speaking

    54% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  12. Negotiation

    54% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  13. Time management

    52% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  14. Active learning

    52% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  15. Mathematics

    52% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  16. Management of personnel resources

    50% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  17. Social perceptiveness

    48% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  18. Instructing

    45% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  19. Operation and control

    45% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  20. Operation monitoring

    43% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    59% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Problem spotting

    59% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  4. Written comprehension

    59% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Categorising

    59% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  6. Originality

    57% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  7. Deductive reasoning

    55% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Inductive reasoning

    55% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  9. Written expression

    55% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  10. Sorting or ordering

    55% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  11. Brainstorming

    54% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  12. Flexibility of closure

    52% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  13. Near vision

    52% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  14. Far vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  15. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  16. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  17. Trunk strength

    45% Skill level

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  18. Selective attention

    41% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  19. Control precision

    39% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  20. Colour discrimination

    36% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Planning and prioritising work

    82% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  2. Doing physically active work

    71% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  3. Building good relationships

    70% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  4. Looking for changes over time

    69% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    69% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  6. Collecting and organising information

    67% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  7. Communicating within a team

    67% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  8. Monitoring people, processes and things

    66% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  9. Assessing and evaluating things

    64% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  10. Communicating with the public

    64% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  11. Checking compliance with standards

    63% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  12. Scheduling work and activities

    62% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  13. Making decisions and solving problems

    62% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  14. Researching and investigating

    61% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  15. Making sense of information and ideas

    60% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  16. Documenting or recording information

    59% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  17. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    57% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  18. Explaining things to people

    56% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  19. Working with computers

    47% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  20. Driving vehicles or equipment

    40% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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Work Environment

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. Electronic mail

    96% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    91% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Telephone

    88% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    87% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Unstructured work

    84% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  6. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    83% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  7. Indoors, heat controlled

    82% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  8. Impact of decisions

    81% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  9. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    80% Important

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

  10. Teamwork

    80% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Contact with people

    78% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  12. Contact with the public

    77% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  13. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    76% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  14. Frequent decision making

    75% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  15. Being exact or accurate

    74% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  16. Lead or coordinate a team

    74% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  17. Health and safety of others

    70% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  18. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    67% Important

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

  19. Consequence of error

    67% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  20. Indoors, not heat controlled

    67% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Independence

    81% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  2. Working conditions

    64% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  3. Achievement

    57% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Relationships

    57% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  5. Recognition

    52% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  6. Support

    52% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    95% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Analytical

    81% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  3. Enterprising

    57% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  4. Administrative

    43% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  5. Helping

    33% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    19% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

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, 19-1032.00 - Foresters.

All Agricultural and Forestry Scientists

  • $2,218 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

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

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. Forestry management courses are also available through Vocational Education and Training (VET) a

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.

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. Forestry management courses are also available through Vocational Education and Training (VET) a

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

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management, Forest and Wood Products Industry, Sustainability and Laboratory Operations VET training pathways.

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

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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.

  6. English language

    57% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  7. Biology

    57% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  8. Administration and management

    55% Skill level

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

  9. Law and government

    53% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  10. Education and training

    49% Skill level

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

  11. Personnel and human resources

    49% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  12. Public safety and security

    48% Skill level

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

  13. Engineering and technology

    45% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  14. Transportation

    43% Skill level

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

  15. Technical design

    43% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  16. Economics and accounting

    41% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  17. Production and processing

    37% Skill level

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

  18. Mechanical

    36% Skill level

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

  19. History and archeology

    35% Skill level

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

  20. Communications and media

    32% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Judgment and decision making

    63% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  2. Monitoring

    63% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  3. Systems analysis

    63% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  4. Critical thinking

    61% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  5. Complex problem solving

    59% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  6. Coordination with others

    59% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  7. Writing

    59% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  8. Reading comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  9. Active listening

    55% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  10. Systems evaluation

    55% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  11. Speaking

    54% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  12. Negotiation

    54% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  13. Time management

    52% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  14. Active learning

    52% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  15. Mathematics

    52% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  16. Management of personnel resources

    50% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  17. Social perceptiveness

    48% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  18. Instructing

    45% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  19. Operation and control

    45% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  20. Operation monitoring

    43% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    59% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Problem spotting

    59% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  4. Written comprehension

    59% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Categorising

    59% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  6. Originality

    57% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  7. Deductive reasoning

    55% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Inductive reasoning

    55% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  9. Written expression

    55% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  10. Sorting or ordering

    55% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  11. Brainstorming

    54% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  12. Flexibility of closure

    52% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  13. Near vision

    52% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  14. Far vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  15. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  16. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  17. Trunk strength

    45% Skill level

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  18. Selective attention

    41% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  19. Control precision

    39% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  20. Colour discrimination

    36% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Planning and prioritising work

    82% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  2. Doing physically active work

    71% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  3. Building good relationships

    70% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  4. Looking for changes over time

    69% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    69% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  6. Collecting and organising information

    67% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  7. Communicating within a team

    67% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  8. Monitoring people, processes and things

    66% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  9. Assessing and evaluating things

    64% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  10. Communicating with the public

    64% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  11. Checking compliance with standards

    63% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  12. Scheduling work and activities

    62% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  13. Making decisions and solving problems

    62% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  14. Researching and investigating

    61% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  15. Making sense of information and ideas

    60% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  16. Documenting or recording information

    59% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  17. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    57% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  18. Explaining things to people

    56% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  19. Working with computers

    47% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  20. Driving vehicles or equipment

    40% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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, 19-1032.00 - Foresters.

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.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Electronic mail

    96% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    91% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Telephone

    88% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    87% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Unstructured work

    84% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  6. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    83% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  7. Indoors, heat controlled

    82% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  8. Impact of decisions

    81% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  9. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    80% Important

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

  10. Teamwork

    80% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Contact with people

    78% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  12. Contact with the public

    77% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  13. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    76% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  14. Frequent decision making

    75% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  15. Being exact or accurate

    74% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  16. Lead or coordinate a team

    74% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  17. Health and safety of others

    70% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  18. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    67% Important

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

  19. Consequence of error

    67% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  20. Indoors, not heat controlled

    67% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Independence

    81% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  2. Working conditions

    64% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  3. Achievement

    57% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Relationships

    57% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  5. Recognition

    52% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  6. Support

    52% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    95% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Analytical

    81% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  3. Enterprising

    57% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  4. Administrative

    43% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  5. Helping

    33% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    19% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

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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, 19-1032.00 - Foresters.
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