Forest & conservation workers

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Total Workforce

15.1k

Average Age

38.8

Estimated Job Growth

-2.1%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$32,510

Average Male Salary

$33,435

Average Female Salary

$29,124

About

Forest & conservation workers are most often employed by the Forestry except logging industry. The average yearly wage for Forest & conservation workers was $32,510 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Forest & conservation workers by wage are Adhesive bonding machine operators & tenders, Security guards & gaming surveillance officers, and Painters & paperhangers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Forest & conservation workers are Grafton & Coos Counties PUMA, NH. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Forest & conservation workers are Grafton & Coos Counties PUMA, NH.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Forest & conservation workers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Forestry except logging is the industry that employs the most Forest & conservation workers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Forest & conservation workers, by average wage, is Administration of economic programs & space research. Forest & conservation workers are paid most in Stevens, Okanogan, Pend Oreille & Ferry Counties PUMA, WA but are relatively concentrated in Grafton & Coos Counties PUMA, NH.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$32,510

AVERAGE SALARY

± $4,696

In 2017, Forest & conservation workers earned an average of $32,510, $19,555 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Painters & paperhangers make somewhat more than Forest & conservation workers while Adhesive bonding machine operators & tenders make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Forest & conservation workers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.322

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Forest & conservation workers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.322, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Forest & conservation workers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Forest & conservation workers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Forest & conservation workers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Forest & conservation workers, by number of employees, are Forestry except logging, Landscaping services, and Administration of environmental quality & housing programs.

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Industries by Share

15.1k

2017 Workforce

± 3,021

14.9%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 25.4%

The number of people employed as Forest & conservation workers has been growing at a rate of 14.9%, from 13,177 people in 2016 to 15,146 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Forest & conservation workers employed by various industries. Forestry except logging employs the largest share of Forest & conservation workers at  32.2%, followed by Landscaping services with 20.6% and Administration of environmental quality & housing programs with 9.98%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Forest & conservation workers in the US. The average age of male Forest & conservation workers in the workforce is 38.6 and of female Forest & conservation workers is 39.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Forest & conservation workers is White.

Gender Composition

11.9k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 2,678

3.25k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 1,400

78.5% of Forest & conservation workers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Forest & conservation workers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Forest & conservation workers

  1. White

  2. Asian

  3. American Indian

82.1% of Forest & conservation workers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.3% of Forest & conservation workers, Asian is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Forest & conservation workers.

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Age by Gender

38.6

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 2.97

39.4

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 4.86

The median age of Forest & conservation workers is 38.8, and Male employees are generally 0.79 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Forest & conservation workers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Forest & conservation workers is Biology but a relatively high number of Forest & conservation workers hold a major in Natural Resources & Conservation.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Forest & conservation workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Forest & conservation workers need many skills, but most especially Coordination, Speaking, and Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Forest & conservation workers need more than the average amount of Equipment Maintenance, Repairing, and Equipment Selection.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Forest & conservation workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Forest & conservation workers are expected to see a growth of -2.1% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

-2.1%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Forest & conservation workers. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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