Forest products processing managers oversee teams of employees who operate pulp and paper mills, sawmills, planing mills, plywood, particleboard and other similar production mills. 

To become a supervisor in a mill, you will need technical training covering some or all of the complex processes in the mill. Learning on the job and building your seniority in the mill is essential as well. As you gain experience, you may also act as a mentor and trainer to other staff. Your career track could see you move into senior managerial, design, advanced control, training or sales positions.

other titles

Plant Supervisor, Plant Manager


Although no formal degrees are needed, extensive experience is required in forest products manufacturing operations. A bachelor's degree in forestry, industrial management or a related field may be required in some cases.


  • Average Annual Salary: $64,384

  • Average Hourly Rate: $31/hour


  • Ensure employees are doing their jobs properly and efficiently

  • Ensure systems and equipment are functioning correctly

  • Train staff in company policies and safety procedures

  • Participate in hiring and firing employees

  • Resolve problems and recommend solutions based on expertise

This job is right for you if...

  • You and others see yourself as a leader

  • You are a team player and communicate effectively

  • You want to be in a management position, without having to sit behind a desk all day, every day


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