Career Path Forecast
Employment of forest and conservation technicians is expected to grow by
9 percent from 2008 to 2018, about as fast as average.
Opportunities at state and
local governments within specialties such as urban forestry may provide
some new jobs. In addition, an increased emphasis on specific
conservation issues, such as environmental protection, preservation of
water resources, and control of exotic and invasive pests, will spur
In addition to job openings created by growth, many openings should
arise from the need to replace technicians who retire or leave the labor
force for other reasons.
opportunities are expected to be best for graduates of applied science
technology programs who are well trained on equipment used in
laboratories or production facilities. As the instrumentation and
techniques used in industrial research, development, and production
become increasingly more complex, employers will seek individuals with
highly developed technical skills.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by
the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.