Forester

What do they do? Care for the land and sustain the long-term health of forests.

Description: For many foresters, the job keeps them in touch with the outdoors as they work in the field in a variety of specialties, from hydrology to wildlife management, to ensure the future of public forests. Once heavily focused on timber management, the role of the forester is shifting to ecosystem management as the logging industry continues to scale down. Despite this change, timber remains an important aspect of forestry and offers opportunities for those dedicated to preserving the forest.

Education: Four-year degree.

Salary: $24,000 to $35,000; varies regionally.