Forest Pathologist

What do they do? Diagnose and recommend treatment for sick trees.

Description: Forest pathologists, with all the dedication of a physician, work to isolate the causes of tree disease and find cures for even the most virulent illnesses that threaten forests. They have to understand botany, fungi, insects, ecology, and soil types; be well-rounded; and understand the environment in which trees grow. In addition to fieldwork, tree pathologists use computer modeling to study the progression of tree diseases.

Education: Graduate degree.

Salary: Varies. Most work for state or federal government.