Forestry Careers | Master's Degree | Agricultural Sciences | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Career Opportunities

Our top-notch Master of Science degree in Forestry serves as a launchpad for a diverse range of exciting careers in the academic, private and government sectors.

Graduates find specialized jobs in the sustainable management of our natural resources, secure high starting salaries, doing meaningful work outdoors, with interesting people from all walks of life.

Upon graduation, our students are qualified for private sector, consulting, state, federal and industry careers relating to the area of their specialized study as well as for teaching, research and extension positions.

Others start their own businesses or create new positions that meet their expertise.

Sample job titles include:

  • Soil and water conservationist
  • Range manager
  • Park ranger
  • Park naturalist
  • Forester
  • Conservation specialist
  • Conservation biologist
  • Scientist
  • Forest Technician
  • Manager in private industry related to forestry
  • Forest and conservation manager
  • Wetland conservation manager
  • Fire science specialist
  • Ecological restoration consultant
  • Recreation ecologist
  • Wildlife habitat manager
  • Watershed management specialist
  • Hydrologist
  • Resource forester
  • Assistant professor of forestry
  • Silviculture manager
  • Veteran fire corps project leader
  • Plant community ecologist
  • Biological technician (Plants)
  • Fisheries manager
  • Forester, inventory & analysis
  • Community forestry recovery coordinator
  • Program director of local conservation group