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Forestry professionals conduct research, develop plans and administer and direct programs related to the management and harvesting of forest resources. They are employed by the forest industry, provincial and federal governments, consulting companies, educational institutions and other industries, or they may be self-employed.
appraisal forester, consulting forester, district forester, forest engineer, forester, forestry superintendent, professional forester, regional inventory officer – forestry, registered professional forester (RPF).
- Plan and direct forest surveys and related studies and prepare reports and recommendations
- Establish short- and long-term plans for management of forest lands and forest resources
- Plan and direct woodlands harvesting, reforestation, silviculture and fire prevention and fire suppression programs, road building, wildlife management, environmental protection and insect and vegetation control programs
- Negotiate terms and conditions of agreements and contracts for forest harvesting, forest management and leasing of forest lands
- Monitor contract compliance and results of forestry activities
- Ensure adherence to government regulations and company objectives
- Plan and conduct public relations programs, and education and extension programs related to forestry
- Develop and oversee programs for tree seedling production and woodlands nursery operations
- Conduct advanced research in the areas of tree improvement, nursery seedling production, forest soils, forest ecology, forest mensuration, forest operations and other areas
- Provide advice and recommendations, as a consultant on forestry issues, to private woodlot owners, municipal, provincial or federal governments or to companies.
Outlook & Prospects for Forestry Professionals in Campbellton--Miramichi Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
National Outlook – 10-Year Projection (2011-2020)
This section provides labour demand and labour supply projections for this occupation over the 2011-2020 period.
Note: The tables, graphs and middle paragraph shown under this section display updated 2011-2020 projection results. The remaining narrative text (2009-2018 projections) will be updated shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The data in the following table are derived from HRSDC’s Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS). COPS uses a variety of models to produce a detailed 10-year labour market projection per broad skill level and per occupation at the national level, which focuses on the trends of labour supply and labour demand over the next ten years.
This occupation (Forestry Professionals) is part of a larger occupational group called Life Science Professionals (NOC 212).
|Occupations in this group||
Biologists and Related Scientists (2121)
Forestry Professionals (2122)
Agricultural Representatives, Consultants and Specialists (2123)
|Employment (non-student) in 2010||24,080|
|Median Age of workers in 2010||42|
|Average Retirement Age in 2010||61|
Occupation Projection for Canada
Over the 2008-2010 period, this occupation experienced a drop in employment and its unemployment rate increased. Moreover, the average hourly wage grew slightly less quickly than the average for all occupations, but remained high. According to key labour market indicators, the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupation.
Over the 2011-2020 period, an occupation will be in excess demand (a shortage of workers) if the projected number of job openings is significantly greater than the projected number of job seekers. An occupation will be in excess supply (a surplus of workers) if the projected number of job openings is smaller than the projected number of job seekers. For Life Science Professionals, over the 2011-2020 period, job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 10,440 and 10,875 job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill the job openings.
Based on projections and considering that labour supply and demand in this occupation were balanced over the 2008-2010 period, it is expected that the number of job seekers will remain sufficient to fill job openings over the 2011-2020 period. Job openings will arise from both new positions due to expansion demand and retirements. Employment growth will be slightly stronger than average in this occupation over the projection period even though the budget constraints that various levels of government are facing will have a negative impact on job creation. However, investments in the health and biomedical research sector will remain very strong. Retirements will also represent a major source of job openings. The retirement rate will be similar to the average rate for all occupations. With regard to labour supply, the majority of job seekers will come from the school system, which is not surprising, considering the very specialized nature of this occupation.
This Chart contains data for Projection of Job Openings vs. Job Seekers for Canada. Information is available in the following tables.
|Other Replacement Demand||972||9%|
|Projected Job Openings||10,440||100%|
|Projected Job Seekers||10,875||100%|
In which industry or sector do people in this occupation find jobs in Canada?
This table shows the industry and sectors employing the highest number of people in this occupation.
|Industry / Sector||%|
|Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting||41.00|
|Professional, scientific and technical services||15.30|
What percentage of people in this occupation are self-employed?
The graph displays the percentage of people in this occupation who are “self-employed”, according to the 2006 Census, in comparison to the Canadian average across all occupations.
As shown in the graph, according to the 2006 Census, 19% of people in this occupation were self-employed, while the average for all occupations was 12%.
The data from the Labour Force Survey (2009) regarding self-employment for this group are not sufficiently reliable to be published.
What percentage of people in this occupation are members of a union?
This occupation (Forestry Professionals) is part of a larger group called Life Science Professionals (NOC 212). According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), the unionization rate for this group was 33%, while the unionization rate for all occupations was 31%.
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