UGA Specific Information for Forestry

Forestry is the profession of sustainably managing forest lands to meet society’s demands for wood, clean water, wildlife habitat, recreation, conservation of forest flora and fauna, and climate amelioration. The Forestry major at UGA is the only 4-year degree program in the state of Georgia that is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF), and it meets the educational requirements for the SAF Certified Forester credential. Graduates from this major are also eligible to become state-licensed, registered foresters. The Forestry major provides a firm understanding of forest ecosystems, the way people view and utilize the forest, and the management tools and concepts applied in forest management. The curriculum stresses “hands-on” field experience, teamwork, and developing critical thinking skills through problem analysis.

Graduates frequently take employment in the region’s dynamic forest products industry, with forestry or environmental consulting firms, or with public land management agencies. 

Class of 2021 Career Outcomes for Forestry*

** Includes Self-Employed

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Some states have forester credentialing laws including licensing and registration statutes. Some states may accept parts of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) certification program including, but not limited to, passage of the examination and Continuing Forestry Education. Please contact the state board for detailed information using the contact information available at the link below. 

Both licensing and registration requirements usually require a 4-year degree in forestry and several years of forestry work experience. Candidates who want a license also may be required to pass an exam.

*Source: The Society of American Foresters

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Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2021 Forestry majors

The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2021 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Employer Position Title(s)
Davey Resource Group, Inc. Consulting Arborist
Forest Resource Consultants, Inc. Technical Services Forester
Georgia DNR Prescribed Fire Technician
Georgia Forestry Commission State Forester
Interfor Procurement Intern
US Forest Service Forestry Technician
* denotes no responses received.
*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2021 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.

Graduate/Professional Schools attended by Class of 2021 Forestry majors

The information below represents graduate/professional schools and programs reported through the Class of 2020 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Graduate School Program(s)
University of Georgia Not Specified
* denotes no responses received.