Careers Profile

You’ll find professional Foresters working everywhere from boardrooms to the bush, in areas ranging from conservation to production, and at local to global scales.

Choosing to study forestry can be a decision that gives you a world or opportunity in roles and location.

Contributing to environmental outcomes and regional and national economies, foresters can become involved in a range of issues, including:

  • managing native forests for conservation and sustainable production

  • managing forested lands for environmental services

  • developing new forms of forestry and forest industries to address land degradation

  • restoring landscapes and helping landholders diversify their incomes.


Employment prospects for graduate Foresters are excellent. As a graduate you’ll have opportunities to move into a range of roles – and switch between them.

Forestry can be many careers in one!

Ideal Attributes

As there are so many potential areas to work in there are a lot of potential attributes!

Forestry is science based, so scientific aptitude is a given. Foresters tend to be passionate about their work, keen to promote a naturally sustainable industry and maintaining our natural environment.

Check out the case studies for more information.


There are many rewarding undergraduate and postgraduate degrees to choose from.

Undergraduate Courses include:
Australian National University
Southern Cross University
Postgraduate Courses include:
National Forestry Masters Program
Australian National University

Southern Cross University

Melbourne University

University of Queensland

University of Tasmania

There are also a number of scholarships available for both Undergraduate and Graduate courses.


Potential employers include:

  • State or territory forestry or national parks agencies

  • Federal and State governments

  • Private forestry or resource companies

  • Community and conservation groups

  • Universities and research organisations such as the CSIRO

  • Corporations and investors seeking advice about assessing risks and managing opportunities

  • International organisations such as the World Conservation Union, the World Bank and the Centre for International Forestry Research.

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