Appraiser

What do they do? Assign a monetary value to trees.

Description: Tree appraisals are valuable tools in developing and justifying forestry budgets. Because trees are living organisms that continually grow and mature, species, size, age, and condition are the basis of financial appraisals. Tree appraisals can be helpful in cases of vandalism or natural catastrophe and may be submitted to insurance carriers for payment. Some appraisers appraise agricultural real estate, including fruit and nut orchards. They also estimate the value of agricultural land for loan applications, estate tax assessments, sales, and bankruptcies.

Education: Strong math skills, attention to details, and an agricultural background are desirable characteristics of a good appraiser.

Salary: Currently range from $30,000 and up to start to $100,000 annually at maturity.