In the forest products industry, working as a biologist means you are a key player in ensuring that forestry operations are run in an environmentally sustainable way. Your scientific background is complemented by a working knowledge of relevant environmental legislation.

Biologists can be specialists or generalists. Forest products companies, for example, may have bird biologists on staff. Other companies may have biologists on staff who perform a whole range of duties, including mapping terrestrial ecosystem, assessing tree stands, counting fish and other wildlife populations, and analyzing the impact of forestry operations on watersheds.


A diploma, bachelor of science or higher degree in biological science is required for biologists. Biologists who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher tend to be most in demand.

earning potential

  • Average Annual Salary: $42,915

  • Average Hourly Rate: $21/hour


  • Study, identify, and classify plants and animals

  • Develop and monitor ecosystem management plans

  • Prepare reports and plans for managing renewable resources

This job is right for you if...

  • You want to make a difference working in a “green” job

  • You see the big environmental picture

  • You love the outdoors


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