As a forester, you will be managing the quality of forests, rangelands, parks and natural resources and looking after their conservation and other related activities.
Foresters mainly deal with managing forestland, animals and other biodiversity and work on determining the number, type and area of planting new trees. They take steps to prevent forest fires and hunting in the forest and engage in periodic surveys of all the plants, trees and animals and human activities in the forest.
To take up an undergraduate course in forestry, choosing Science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology would be recommended.
Bachelor’s programs in Forestry are of 4 years duration and is available in many agricultural universities in India and in universities abroad
Master’s degree of two years duration in various specialisations of forestry can be taken up after completing BSc Forestry.
Some Universities allow admission to MSc Forestry for graduates in Agriculture/ Horticulture/ B.V.Sc. & A.H depending on specialisation opted for.
Doctoral qualification in this field will enable you to take up careers in research and academics.
Some institutes offer an MPhil program in Forest management which can be taken up after a Post Graduate degree/diploma in the field of Science/Engineering/ Management and related Social Sciences.
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Foresters should have good analytical skills as they have to collect and analyse data in a very accurate and precise manner as part of their work. They will also have to use computers and various software for the analysis of the data.
Foresters should possess critical thinking skills and should be able to reason and judge properly. They should be able to take quick decisions and deal with problems by reacting appropriately.
Foresters should have good management skills as have to supervise the workers and other people living in the forest.
Foresters should have good physical stamina as they will have to walk long distances in steep areas and hills. They will have to work in all climatic conditions and in all terrains.
Foresters should have good communication skills to be able to give clear instructions to the people working along with them.