Forestry Research Paper

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ENG1123
Research Paper
21 September 2014
Forestry as a Profession
Thesis: Forestry is a profession that requires a great deal of education and experience, offers many job opportunities and stability, and also suits those living in south Mississippi. I. Introduction

II. Preparation
A. Bachelor’s degree
B. Cooperative programs
C. Experience
D. Job searching
III. Benefits of the job
A. Job security
B. Pay
C. Advancement
IV. The profession in relation to me
A. A likable work environment
B. Growing industry
C. Forestry in Mississippi and US
V. Conclusion

ENG1123
Research Paper
21 September 2014
Forestry as a Profession
When choosing a profession to pursue a career in there are many steps to go through before a decision can be made. It is very important to choose something that will not only be profitable, but also something one can be interested in and enjoy. It is also important to do plenty of research on the potential career to make sure there will be jobs available after schooling and that there will be benefits other than the money. For those who enjoy the outdoors, love conservation, and prefer a low stress work environment, forestry is a great option to consider. Foresters, or conservation scientists, typically manage overall land quality of forests, parks, and other natural resources. Most people are under the misconception that foresters work in the woods all day, and sometimes that is the case, but there are all kinds of work environments for someone with a forestry degree. Forestry is a profession that requires a great deal of education and experience, offers many job opportunities and stability, and also suits those living in south Mississippi.

A career in forestry generally requires a bachelor’s degree in forestry or another related field from an accredited college ("Summary"). A bachelor’s degree in forestry would include classes such as basic sciences, liberal arts, and mathematics, plant identification, and forestry engineering (Occupational). Many forestry programs, such as the one at Mississippi State University, offer co-operative programs. A co-op program in forestry can do many things for a student such as create job experience, better chances for employment, and forge ties with employers in the field of forestry. In order to get a job in forestry, internships and networking are absolutely necessary to be successful (“Forestry”). After completing an accredited forestry program most foresters begin employment with the local, state, and federal governments. Entry-level positions offered to those who graduate with a bachelor’s degree in forestry tend to be work done out in the field and require physically able bodies. Though these positions may require some hands on labor, they also offer great work experience, which is highly valued by forestry employers. Forestry students who pursue advanced degrees in forestry normally begin in technician, consulting, or manager positions. There is a major difference in terms of salary between entry-level position and advanced-level positions. Being a forester has many job benefits plus a great salary. The annual median wage for foresters in May 2012 was $55,950, but depending on the field of industry one is in and location of the job the income may be lower or higher ("Summary"). While the entry-level positions may have lower wages, positions in forestry such as consultants, technicians, and engineers provide hefty salaries. Also, those who are employed by private entities tend to make better salaries than those employed by the government. According the bureau of labor statistics, foresters typically work full time and have a standard work schedule ("Summary"). Although in some fields a forester may be called in during irregular times due to emergencies, such as a forest fire. The work environment of forestry workers of any location varies greatly. Some foresters may never see a day outside of the office while others carry out daily duties...
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