• School of Agriculture, Plant, and Animal Sciences
  • Type of Degree: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
  • Location: Randolph Center Campus
  • Credit Requirements: 64

Industry association studies find that 78% of Vermont's landscape is forested land. Of that 4.5 million acres, more than 80% of it is owned by individuals and families. Only 19% of the Vermont forest is public land. The association's summary of the forest industry in Vermont accounts for over 6,600 jobs (FTE) in forest products, maple and Christmas tree sectors, which generates over $861 million in annual sales.

The Forestry degree is ideal for students looking for career opportunities that lead to working with the land in a STEM field. According to a recent change in licensing regulations, educational requirements for the VT Forestry license now require an associate degree in Forestry.

Announcement: Vermont Tech and UVM signed an agreement for a formal pathway from the Forestry associate degree to UVM's Bachelor's Degree in Forestry or related Natural Resource Managment degree within the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. Vermont Tech graduates can transfer seamlessly to UVM to complete their bachelor's degree.*

*Credit and grade requirements apply. The UVM application fee is waived for Vermont Tech graduates of the Forestry program.

The associate degree requires all students to have previously earned a high school diploma or GED.

To learn more about program requirements and job outcomes, please watch a short, 8-minute webinar hosted by Program Director, Molly Willard, and Assistant Director of Admissions, Nate Ball. It was recorded on May 30, 2018.

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A student with an Associate of Applied Science in Forestry will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of the forestry and logging industries to effectively and professionally communicate technical information in writing, speaking, listening, and interpersonal skills to work as part of a team and interact with clients, the public, and industry professionals
  2. Apply knowledge of timber science and technology to forestry and logging industry problems that require extensive practical knowledge
  3. Demonstrate familiarity with tree identification; functions of a forest ecosystem; natural community and site indicator species identification; forestry inventory data collection; mapping skills; operation of a chainsaw and sawmill; maple management and production; and timber harvesting techniques
  4. Create a forest management plan
  5. Combine knowledge of the forestry and logging industries with practical aspects of organizing and managing a small business; marketing, applying accepted accounting practices; managing a forestry or logging operation budget; and writing business plans for forestry or logging operations
  • Scholarships: While there are no program-specific scholarships available at this time, additional scholarships are available.  

Placement Rate
Vermont Tech

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2018 for Certificate in Forestry; National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2017 (October 2017)

Job Projections
National Avg.
Job projections




Projected Employment Growth for Forest and Conservation Workers, 2016-2026 (source: BLS)

Median Pay
All Occupations

2017 Median Pay (Forest & Conservation Workers) vs. National Median for All occupations (2016), Source: BLS

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