Information technology specialists use their computer skills in a variety of ways in the forest products industry. Managing land-related data with geographic information systems (GIS) is a key duty. IT specialists also maintain computer networks, run databases, record data in the field and manage software applications.

Working as an IT specialist opens up the opportunity to move up to supervisory or managerial positions.

Other Titles

Computer Systems Analyst, Information Systems Business Analyst

education

A bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer systems engineering, software engineering, business administration or a related discipline will open up an array of opportunities in the forest products industry. You can also opt for a college program in computer science. Certification or training from software vendors will also enhance your options.

earning potential

  • Average Annual Salary: $87,422
  • Average Hourly Rate: $42/hour

responsibilities

  • Confer with clients to identify and document requirements
  • Design, develop, integrate and implement information systems
  • Provide advice on information systems strategy, policy, management and security 

This job is right for you if...

  • You like computers
  • You take a systematic approach to problems
  • You have an eye for details

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