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Logging Workers

Logging Workers
Quick Facts : Logging Workers*
2010 Median Pay$32,870
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201253,200
Job Outlook4% (Slower than average)
Employment Change2,300

Logging workers harvest thousands of acres of forests each year. They cut trees with hand-held power chain saws or mobile felling machines. The timber they harvest provides the raw material for countless consumer and industrial products.

What Logging Workers Do

  • Separate logs by species and type of wood and load them onto trucks
  • Drive and maneuver tractors and tree harvesters to shear trees and cut logs into desired lengths
  • Grade logs according to characteristics such as knot size and straightness
  • Inspect equipment for safety before using it and do necessary basic maintenance tasks
  • Calculate total board feet, cordage, or other wood measurement units, using conversion tables

Work Environment

Logging jobs are physically demanding and can be hazardous. Workers spend all of their time outdoors, sometimes in poor weather and often in isolated areas.
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Job Outlook

Employment of logging workers is expected to increase by 4 percent between 2010 and 2020, and should have good job prospects overall.
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The average salary of logging workers was $32,870 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Logging Workers

Most logging workers have a high school diploma. They get on-the-job training to become familiar with forest environments and to learn how to operate logging machinery.
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