Forestry

  • 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.

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.

Watch webinar.

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

  • 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
  • Apply knowledge of timber science and technology to forestry and logging industry problems that require extensive practical knowledge
  • 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
  • Create a forest management plan
  • 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
100%
Vermont Tech
VS
%
National

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.
Foresters
Job projections

THAT TRANSLATES INTO

-300

JOB OPENINGS BETWEEN 2016-2026


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


Median Pay
$0
$0
All Occupations

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

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Vermont Tech is pleased to announce that the college has been ranked 19th among the Best Northeast Regional Colleges for 2019 in the annual best college rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. The college has risen in two important categories this year, in both the public college... Read More
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Vermont Tech congratulates the students who achieved the honors of President's and Dean's List during the Spring 2018 semester. To be accorded Dean's List honors a student must be enrolled in at least 12 letter-graded credit hours and attain a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students who have been awarded... Read More
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Vermont Technical College hosted its three commencement ceremonies this weekend. Two were held on Friday, May 18th and another was held Saturday, the 19th. Vermont Tech conferred certificates and degrees for 504 graduates from 32 programs. Nursing students were also presented with their Nursing... Read More

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