5 Ways an OSU Forestry Degree Can Land You a Career

Wondering how a degree in forestry can translate into a fulfilling, successful career? At Timber Products Company, we recognize that a forestry degree can propel students into careers well beyond the forest. From construction and plant management to product marketing to architecture and interior design, strong insight into working with renewable materials in a global industry is an asset for countless career paths.


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Oregon State University’s (OSU) forestry program provides a strong foundation for a range of interests. Consider how this degree might help you:

1. You learn how to manage an entire ecosystem. Responsible forestry does not focus only on trees. OSU’s Bachelor of Science in Professional Forestry program prepares students to plan, observe and manage the health of the entire forest ecosystem. Professional foresters must understand—and protect—a variety of natural resources whether they are working toward sustainable timber harvesting, or protecting forests for recreation.

2. You get to explore interests beyond the forest. Yes, a forestry degree is about trees! But OSU’s College of Forestry offers seven undergraduate programs that allow students to focus on marketable skills beyond forest knowledge. Majors within this program allow applicants to focus on science, management, marketing, art and other areas relevant to the forestry industry. Whether your interest is construction or tourism, saving the planet or maximizing a bottom line, there is a forestry degree for you.

3. It encourages you to be hands-on. OSU operates about 14,000 acres of College Forests, most are within a short drive of campus, and this program aims to put students in the field—for research as well as engagement. In fact, students are invited to "experience" forest ecology and management by foot, horseback or bicycle on maintained roads and trails.

4. Its research is changing the world. Operating under the Oregon Forest Research Laboratory, the College of Forestry drives research to improve forest-related decision-making. The living laboratories that are the Research Forests provide students with an opportunity to explore topics ranging from climate change to improved wildfire management as the campus itself explores cutting-edge uses of timber such as installing cross-laminated timber construction on its newest hall.

5. It is a launching pad for a job that touches countless lives. Throughout the world, everyone uses wood products. Whether you are interested in saving the lives of endangered animals, promoting responsible use of renewable resources or protecting people from off-gassing of engineered products, there is no question that responsible forestry and wood product knowledge makes a difference in this world. If that is something which you feel passionate about, then an OSU forestry degree can help translate that passion into real-world skills.

No matter where your ultimate passion lies, Oregon State University's Forestry Degree program will spearhead you in the right direction. Already been through the program? Check out the available positions open at Timber Products Company to see if we are the right fit!

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