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Department of Forestry


Is forestry right for you?

  • Do you like to work outdoors?
  • Do you have a passion for trees and the forest ecosystem including birds, insects, wildlife and soil?
  • Do you care about healthy forests, clean water and green communities?

If you are interested in a career that combines work outdoors with science and ethics, forestry may be just what you are looking for. Forestry is more than just harvesting trees; it is about forest conservation, ecology, biology, technology, and wood and paper sciences. Become a forester and you will learn how to create and manage forests.

Career Opportunities

Start your career with an undergraduate or graduate degree in forestry from the University of Missouri. You'll be prepared for a rewarding profession based on stewardship and the sustainable use of forests.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for a forester is $55,040.

You will have many opportunities for employment. Today's forester could work in government as a natural resource manager, in the West fighting fires, in national forests as an ecosystem manager or in cities as an urban forester.

Learn more about forestry as a profession

Society of American Foresters

Occupational Outlook Handbook