Forest & conservation workers

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
15.3k
Average Age
37.8
Estimated Job Growth
−0.758%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$42,450
Average Male Salary
$44,525
Average Female Salary
$30,960

About

Forest & conservation workers are most often employed by the Landscaping services industry. The average yearly wage for Forest & conservation workers was $42,450 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Forest & conservation workers by wage are Carpenters, Court, municipal, & license clerks, and Surgical technologists.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Forest & conservation workers are Grafton & Coos Counties PUMA, NH, DeLand, DeBary Cities & Pierson Town PUMA, FL, and Flagstaff City PUMA, AZ. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Forest & conservation workers are Grafton & Coos Counties PUMA, NH, DeLand, DeBary Cities & Pierson Town PUMA, FL, and Lewis, Klickitat & Skamania Counties PUMA, WA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Forest & conservation workers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Landscaping services 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 Logging. Forest & conservation workers are paid most in Kalispell City PUMA, MT but are relatively concentrated in Grafton & Coos Counties PUMA, NH.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$42,450
AVERAGE SALARY
± $10,254

In 2020, Forest & conservation workers earned an average of $42,450, $13,504 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Court, municipal, & license clerks make somewhat more than Forest & conservation workers while Carpenters 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

0.405
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Forest & conservation workers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.405, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Forest & conservation workers, by average wage, are Logging, Administration of economic programs & space research, and Electric power generation, transmission & distribution.

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Industries by Share

15.3k
2020 Workforce
± 3,032
2.44%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 27.6%

The number of people employed as Forest & conservation workers has been growing at a rate of 2.44%, from 14,893 people in 2019 to 15,257 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Forest & conservation workers employed by various industries. Landscaping services employs the largest share of Forest & conservation workers at  24.2%, followed by Forestry except logging with 23.3% and Support activities for agriculture & forestry with 12.4%.

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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 37.6 and of female Forest & conservation workers is 39.2, and the most common race/ethnicity for Forest & conservation workers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

12.9k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 2,791
2.33k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 1,186

84.7% of Forest & conservation workers are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Forest & conservation workers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Forest & conservation workers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Other (Hispanic)

62.8% of Forest & conservation workers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 15.8% of Forest & conservation workers, White (Hispanic) 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 Sex

37.6
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.78
39.2
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 8.03

The median age of Forest & conservation workers is 37.8, and Male employees are generally 1.7 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 Natural Resources & Conservation but a relatively high number of Forest & conservation workers hold a major in Natural Resources & Conservation.

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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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Projections

Projections on job growth for Forest and Conservation Workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Forest and Conservation Workers are expected to see a growth of −0.758% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Forest and Conservation Workers.
−0.758%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Forest and Conservation Workers. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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