Typically, a bachelor's in forestry degree is a minimum requirement to launch a forestry career. Classes in a forestry school include biology, chemistry, communications, computer science, education, English, mathematics, and technical forestry subjects. Forestry schools encourage their students to work in summer jobs that provide related experience.
Forestry careers lead to jobs in private industry and the government. Conservation scientists and foresters held about 29,000 jobs in 2000, with 40% of those workers being employed by the Federal Government, with many of these being in the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Another 20%of foresters find employment in state and local governments. New jobs will be driven by concerns about environmental protection and land management.