Silviculturist

What do they do? Develop and manage forests by determining what to grow, where to grow it, how long to keep it, and when to cut it.

Description: Like their counterparts the urban foresters, silviculturists devote their careers to the cultivation and care of forests. While urban foresters focus on single tree specimens, silviculturists look at stands of trees covering between 10 and 30 acres and determine the volume for commercial output, taking into account the factors of disease, soil, water, climate, and diversity of species. To enjoy this career, you need to like working in the woods with maps and compasses.

Education: Minimum of a four-year degree from an approved forestry program.

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