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Career and Education Opportunities for Foresters in Alaska

Alaska has a population of 698,473, which has grown by 11.41% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Great Land," its capital is Juneau, though its biggest city is Anchorage.

If you want to be a forester, the Anchorage, Alaska area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. About 180 people are currently employed as foresters in Alaska. By 2016, this is expected to grow 13% to about 200 people employed. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for foresters are expected to grow by about 12.1%. Foresters generally manage forested lands for economic, recreational, and conservation purposes.

A person working as a forester can expect to earn about $29 hourly or $61,150 per year on average in Alaska and about $25 hourly or $53,750 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Foresters earn less than people working in the category of Life Sciences generally in Alaska and less than people in the Life Sciences category nationally. Foresters work in a variety of jobs, including: forest examiner, chief unit forester, and environmental protection forester.

The Anchorage area is home to four schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Anchorage where you can get a degree as a forester. The most common level of education for foresters is a Bachelor's degree. You can expect to spend about four years training to become a forester if you already have a high school diploma.

In 2008, there were a total of 452,986 jobs in Alaska. The average annual income was $43,922 in 2008, up from $41,081 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Alaska was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.5% since the previous year. About 24.7% of Alaska residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Alaska include oil extraction, transportation, and general merchandise stores. Notable tourist attractions include the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation, the Oscar Anderson House Museum, and the Anchorage Museum of History and Art.

CITIES WITH Forester OPPORTUNITIES IN Alaska


JOB DESCRIPTION: Forester

Forester video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, foresters manage forested lands for economic, recreational, and conservation purposes. They also may inventory the type, amount, and location of standing timber, appraise the timber's worth, negotiate the purchase, and draw up contracts for procurement.

Every day, foresters are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to evaluate problems as they arise. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Alaska include:

  • Biologist. Research or study basic principles of plant and animal life, such as origin, relationship, and functions.
  • Environmental Health and Safety Specialist. Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Utilizing knowledge of various scientific disciplines may collect, synthesize, and take action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, and other sources.
  • Food Technologist. Use chemistry, microbiology, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods; analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, and protein; discover new food sources; research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful; and apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, and distribute food.
  • Natural Resource Manager. Research or study range land management practices to provide sustained production of forage, livestock, and wildlife.
  • Soil Conservation Technician. Plan and develop coordinated practices for soil erosion control, soil and water conservation, and sound land use.
  • Soil Scientist. Conduct research in breeding, physiology, and management of crops and agricultural plants, their growth in soils, and control of pests; or study the chemical, physical, and mineralogical composition of soils as they relate to plant or crop growth. May classify and map soils and investigate effects of alternative practices on soil and crop productivity.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Alaska

Alaska
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Alaska has a population of 698,473, which has grown by 11.41% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Great Land," its capital is Juneau, though its biggest city is Anchorage. In 2008, there were a total of 452,986 jobs in Alaska. The average annual income was $43,922 in 2008, up from $41,081 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Alaska was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.5% since the previous year. About 24.7% of Alaska residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Alaska include oil extraction, transportation, and general merchandise stores. Notable tourist destinations include the The Imaginarium, the Anchorage Historic Properties Inc, and the Exhibit Support.