Lumber Harvester

What do they do? Turn logs into lumber.

Description: Loggers and millers embrace this industry as a way of life because the work is done in the forests and requires extended periods of time away from home. Work is hard and very physical. It is all outside, although some areas of the mill are sheltered. It is highly intense and not without danger.

Education: Logging is a very specialized field for which education and training is limited. Oregon State University continues to offer a degree in logging; however, most learn by experience.

Salary: Sawmill operator $7 to $12 per hour, contractor $30,000, logging supervisor $35,000, general manager $35,000, and forester $35,000.