Career Option in Forestry


Forests play a constructive role in improvement of the quality of life in the society. They also help in strengthening the health of economy of the country. Forests need a lot of attention and forest professionals do this management. It is a good career option and provides better learning. One gets an opportunity to live close to nature and at the same time earning and learning opportunities are also very high. It can be considered as a good career avenue to start with.

Eligibility:

Anyone willing to join this sector can opt for forestry specialized courses after intermediate or graduation. Some courses are as under:

  • B.Sc. in Forestry
  • M.Sc in Forestry
  • B.Sc. in Wildlife Education
  • M.Sc. in Wildlife Education
  • Masters in Wood Science and Timbre Management

One can specialize in various fields of forest management as:

  • Wildlife Science
  • Forest Economics
  • Forest management
  • Commercial Forestry
  • Veterinary Science
  • Waste Management
  • Soil Sciences
  • Tree Improvement
  • Forest Conservation

Some of the institutes offering courses in forest management are listed here.

  • Arid Forest Research Institute, Rajasthan
  • Forestry Research Institute, Dehradun
  • Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi
  • Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal
  • College of Horticulture and Forestry
  • College of Agriculture and Regional Research, Dharwad
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwvidyalaya
  • Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology

One can pursue higher studies like M.Phil. and Ph.D. also to move to the senior level positions.

Skills Required:

Being forestry professional a person must possess some specific skills. He must have a general liking for outdoor visits and travelling, denture seeking flair, great strength in terms of fitness. He has to show determination, patience, courage and will to work for very long hours. One must understand the importance of preservation of natural resources with scientific approach in tackling the situations. Quick decision making skills, analytical skills, inter personal skills, research skills, attention to detail skills are very much required to perform in this field.

Career Options:

many job options are available in the forestry and forest management .Government and non-government organizations are involved in the preservation of the forests and they hires the professional. Forestry people can be employed on various designations like wildlife technician, forest ranger, forester, dendrologist, entomologist, teachers and others. They can work with zoological parks, govertment agencies, educational institutes etc.

Compensation:

Starting salaries are not very attractive but after getting experience good packages are offered.Strating salary is in the range of Rs.10000 to Rs.20000 per month. Private firms and consultancies pay higher starting packages up to Rs.40000 per month with other benefits also. Government offers their forest officers with house, vehicle, telephone allowance and other benefit also.

Therefore forestry is a good career option for those who have an inclination towards natural resources and their preservation. They can learn and experience entirely a different life in this field with a great learning and high income potential also. Job seekers must join this field to take the benefit from it in their career growth.

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