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.

What do foresters do?

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.

What does a typical day at work involve?

  • Checked Supervising other forestry workers
  • Checked Collecting data of forest land and recording it for future purposes
  • Checked Determining the number and type of trees to be planted in a particular area
  • Checked Planning and implementing programs for wildlife habitats and animals
  • Checked Negotiating terms and conditions for land use and mediating between government officials and the forest inhabitants
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What are the different areas of specialisation in Forestry?

Agroforestry is a combination of agriculture and forestry, and deals with the land use systems for planting trees and shrubs around crops and agricultural land.
Environment management deals with developing, planning, and implementing policies for environmental protection.
Silviculture is the science of growing and taking care of the forest. Silviculturists focus on the history and general characteristics of forest trees and determine the number of tree and area to plant the trees based on this information for preservation and to increase their productivity.
This field deals with identifying wood, its biological origins, and the comparison of woods on the basis of their properties, performance, workability and value.

How to become a Forester?

Step 1
Take Science Stream at +2 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology

To take up an undergraduate course in forestry, choosing Science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology would be recommended.

Step 2
Take BSc in Forestry

Bachelor’s programs in Forestry are of 4 years duration and is available in many agricultural universities in India and in universities abroad

Step 3
Take MSc Forestry

Master’s degree of two years duration in various specialisations of forestry can be taken up after completing BSc Forestry.

Note :

Some Universities allow admission to MSc Forestry for graduates in Agriculture/ Horticulture/ B.V.Sc. & A.H depending on specialisation opted for.

Step 4
ake MPhil/PhD in Forestry/ Forest management

Doctoral qualification in this field will enable you to take up careers in research and academics.

Note :

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.

Forestry Colleges

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Requirements for masters in forestry

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

Indian (For M Sc Forestry from Dr.Yashwant Singh University of Horticulture & Forestry , Himachal Pradesh.)

  • A Four year BSc in Forestry /Agriculture/Horticulture or A B Sc with 2-year Ranger Certificate course from recognized University/ College/ B Sc with Bio-science subjects
  • On the basis of ICAR Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) entrance examination

Foreign (Master Of International Forestry (MIF) from University of British Columbia, Canada)

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • An academic background in science, social science, or a related discipline with adequate grounding in natural resource conservation and management.
  • English Language Proficiency : an Overall score of 100 in TOEFL (IBT) with no less than ( Reading 23, Writing 24 Listening 23 Speaking 22) Or An overall score of 7.0 in IELTS (Reading 6.5, Writing 6.5, Listening 6.5, Speaking 6.5)

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Skills Required

Analytical skills

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.

Critical-thinking skills

Foresters should possess critical thinking skills and should be able to reason and judge properly. They should be able to make quick decisions and deal with problems by reacting appropriately.

Management skills

Foresters should have good management skills as have to supervise the workers and other people living in the forest.

Physical stamina

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.

Communication skills

Foresters should have good communication skills to be able to give clear instructions to the people working along with them.


  • Checked Wildlife Reserves and National Parks
  • Checked Government Forest Departments
  • Checked Forest and Wildlife Research Institutes
  • Checked Timber Industry