Careers in Forestry
Forestry is the science of development and care of forest. It is all about management of forest by protecting, conserving and upgrading up forest resources which also include farming of trees used as timber. Issues like global warming, deforestation, global climatic change, water scarcity, natural disasters, etc, are all related to the effective and controlled use of forest wealth. With 175 million hectares constituting wasteland and another 110 million hectare forming severely degraded land in India, the need of the hour is to rejuvenate it through forestry-related programs. The profession of forestry has experienced rapid and perceptible changes in the last few years. What used to be considered as a business and a responsibility of the local villagers has turned into a field of global concern where the preservation and conservation of biodiversity play a main role. The chief role of a forester involves taking care of the forest resources,supervising forest developers and contractors,developing waseteland,liasioning with working on many projects with other professionals, such as landscape architects, biologists, surveyors and engineers etc.
Those with Physics, Chemistry and Biology at the intermediate level can go for B.Sc Forestry course. Further the master's level offers specialization in subjects like Forest Management, Commercial Forestry, Forest Economics, Wood Science & Technology, Wildlife Science, Veterinary Science etc.
PGDFM is a field-based course, which combines managerial qualities concordant with the demands made by the forestry sector.
Courses in Forestry and Forest Services are:
- B.Sc Forestry
- M.Sc Forestry
- B.Sc Wildlife
- M.Sc Wildlife
- M.Sc Wood Science & Tech.
Specialization can be done in the following fields:
- Agriculture economics
- Agriculture statistics
- Agro forestry
- Forest products
- Soil sciences
Career Prospects in Forestry
As the consciousness among the people for conservation of forest is growing, so also the career opportunities available to Forestry graduates are also increasing. Forestry graduates can take up jobs in various government departments like department of forest and wildlife. They can be employment in NGOs working in conservation and up gradation of forests. Corporate houses involved in timber plantations also need the services of Forestry graduates. They also can take up research work in public sector research institutions like Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Institute of Social Forestry and Eco-rehabilitation and Wildlife Research Institutes. They also can be employed in Botanical and Zoological parts, Wildlife sanctuaries and National parks. They also can take up teaching jobs in many universities offering Forestry as a subject. Other career options available to Forestry graduates are still photography, film making and wildlife journalism. There may also be opportunities in television channels like Discovery and Natural Geographic. Further Forestry graduates can run their own private consultancy in environmental impact assessment of large projects. Organizations like World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Centre for Environment Education, Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI) and consultancy firms like Ernst and Young and KPMG hire a number of Forest and Wildlife graduates.
Forestry graduates working in government agencies get salary as fixed by the concerned governments. Their salary ranges between Rs 8,000 to Rs 15,000 per month depending upon qualification and experiences. Those working in corporate houses and consultancy companies have very lucrative pay packages along with numerous fringe benefits. There are career opportunities in foreign countries as well. And the pay obviously goes better there.
Colleges/Institutes Offering courses in Forestry
Forestry as a course is imparted in many colleges in India.Please click here for a list of colleges that provide courses in Forestry in India.