Career In Forestry

Clean and Green career in Forestry!

What do you understand by the term “Forestry”?

The term itself specifies that it is related to Forests.

The exact definition of forestry is as follows:

“Forestry is the science or practice of planting, managing, conserving and maintaining forests and its associated resources with the aim to meets the goal of human benefit .”

As we all know that forest is the very important part of an ecosystem. Therefore, management of forest is required and is done by the foresters (forest professionals).

A practitioner of forestry is known as a Forester.

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career in forestry

What does a Forester do?

  • Foresters are involved in many activities that include ecological restoration, timber harvesting, and protection of natural resources.
  • They develop forest management plans for public and privately-owned forested lands
  • Their role exists in choosing sites for new trees.
  • They are also involved in the planning and supervising of forestry projects.
  • Promote a sustainable economy through renewable forest products.
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Courses & Programmes

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Popular Science Courses 

Various courses are available in the field of forestry. You can pursue forestry courses at graduate, postgraduate, diploma as well as at Ph.D. level.

Bachelor’s Courses

  • B.Sc in Forestry
  • B.Sc in Wildlife
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) in Tree Improvement and Genetic Resources
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc – Hons) in Forestry

Eligibility Criteria – If you have passed your intermediate examination with PCB group then you are eligible for this course. The duration of B.Sc forestry professional course is 4 years.

Master’s Courses:

  • M.Sc in Forestry
  • M.Sc in Wildlife
  • M.Sc – Wood Science & Tech.
  • Master of Science (M.Sc) in Agroforestry
  • Master of Science (M.Sc) in Forest Products
  • Master of Science (M.Sc) in Tree Improvements
  • Master in Wildlife Sciences
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Forest Management

Eligibility Criteria – To be eligible for master’s course, one must have a bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline. The duration of this course is 2 years.

Postgraduate courses in forestry are offered in the following specializations:

  • Forest Management
  • Silviculture
  • Forest products
  • Commercial Forestry
  • Forest Economics
  • Wood Science & Technology
  • Wildlife Science
  • Agroforestry
  • Tree Genetics and Breeding

For higher specialized works, you have to earn the highest degree in the field of forestry.

Interested candidates can also go for M.Phil/PhD degree in Forestry that opens more career opportunities as well a the hike in their salary.

Some other certificate & diploma course in Forestry are listed here:

  • Certificate Course in Wildlife Management
  • Diploma in Zoo and Wild Animal Health Cure and Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management (PGDFM)
  • Post Master’s Diploma Non Wood Forest Products

The Universities/colleges that offers forestry courses in India are as follows:

  • Dr BR Ambedkar University, Uttar Pradesh
  • GB. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar
  • Arid Forest Research institute, Jodhpur
  • Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal
  • Forest Research Institute University, Dehra Dun
  • Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Himachal Pradesh
  • Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun
  • Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur
  • Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, Coimbatore

Admission Process

How to get admission in Forestry courses?

One can apply for the bachelor’s course in forestry after clearing the 10+2 examination with PCB/PCM/PCMB group (Career options after 12th). The candidates who have passed All India Entrance Exam of ICAR (ICAR AIEEA 2020) are eligible for admission to agricultural Universities that offers forestry courses. The candidates can also apply for state level exam of Jharkhand (JCECE 2020). Various Universities/institutions conduct their own entrance examination for providing admission.

Forest Research Institute University invites application for admission to M.Sc programmes through FRI University Admission Test.

Jobs & Career Scope

A lot of career opportunities is available in this field. The career opportunities are available in public as well as in private sector.

The public sector jobs includes work in zoological parks, wildlife ranges, corporate having their own plantations for timbering, wildlife research institutes, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) and its affiliated institutes, wildlife department, forest department, national parks & sanctuaries, forest nurseries.

Those holding bachelor’s degree in forestry can apply for the Central government through the Indian Forest Service (IFS) examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.

You can also apply in the colleges for the post of lecturer.

The job profiles in forestry is as follows:

  • Forester
  • Forest Range Officer
  • Lecturers
  • Forestry Technicians
  • Forest Officer
  • Forestry Staff
  • Forest Professionals
  • Natural Resource Technician
  • Operations Forester
  • Senior Forestry Consultant
  • Foresters Silviculturist
  • Field Investigator
  • Sales/Business Development Officer
  • Teacher or Lecturer
  • Auditor – Forestry

Some working areas where you can find jobs after pursuing courses in the field of Forestry are:

  • Educational Institutions
  • Seed and Nursery Companies
  • Forest Services
  • Food Companies
  • Land Management Agencies
  • Plant Health Inspection Services
  • Plant Resources Laboratories
  • Biotechnology Firms
  • Biological Supply Houses
  • Chemical Industry

Salary

How much salary do foresters make?

The pay scale in the field of forestry depends upon the firm you are working for. The salary in government sector is as per the government pay scales. A forester earns an average salary of $47,548 annually in abroad. Depending upon experience and qualification, you can earn an annual salary of around Rs. 5 to 6 lacs in India.

“Salary packages offered in this field are very high for the well experienced candidates”.

Books & Study Materials

Are you looking for some good books to study forestry?

You can go through the following books for the preparation of forestry:

Introduction to Forestry ScienceDe Vere Burton
Forestry : Principles and ApplicationsAntony Joseph Raj, S.B. Lai
Forestry : A Subjective Guide for IFS AspirantsK.T. Parthiban, S.
Umesh Kanna, S.Vennila, I.Sekar
Indian Forestry: A Breakthrough Approach to Forest Service K. Manikandan, S. Prabhu
Continuous Cover ForestryTimo Pukkala, Klaus Von Gadow
Planning For Forest Resources and Bio Diversity Management by Kailash Chandra Bebarta
Forest Resources & Sustainable Development by Kailash Chandra Bebarta
Handbook of Forest Ecology and Biology by   Sharad Singh Negi
Dictionary of Forestry & Wildlife Science by Kailash Chandra Bebarta
Farm Forestry in India – An Economics and Environmental Analysis by Dr. S.Puttaswamaiah

For more information about Career in Forestry, you may ask your queries below.

Displaying 75 Comments
  1. Mamta says:

    I have done bsc agriculture…..can i go for IFS

  2. Navneet kaur says:

    Can I sponsored by abroad companies for forest services

  3. Rahima says:

    Hellow,
    I’m try to find differents scholarships for master of forestry and now no any sign of hope.
    For sure I’m disappointed
    Please if there any one can help me.please i need your help.
    From zmZanzibar

  4. Rajeshwari dey says:

    Can I get a job in forestry by doing bsc in zoology?

  5. Nitesh Kumar says:

    Where I can apply for this

  6. Bhukya SRIKANTH says:

    I am degree now bsc bzc course after course plz tell

  7. T. Shree ram rohit says:

    Can I get admission in forestry by passing kcet

  8. Shakir Ahmad says:

    What is the eligibility for
    M.sc forestry

  9. Sunil m s says:

    Sir, I completed my bsc forestry…wt can I do next ….which one is better sir in between MSc and competitive exams

  10. AadilaJ says:

    Please let me know what are the percentages required in std.12th to study the forestry?

  11. Anil says:

    Which is good option to take bscagriculture or bscforestry

  12. Akshara says:

    What is the eligibility criteria to get admission for b.sc forestry in COF Thrissur?

  13. Srithar says:

    What is the probability of finding government jobs after completing under graduation in forestry ?

  14. Mamta chaudhary says:

    I am mamta.i have finished my post gradution from commerce feild but i want to do a job related foeest then what can i do. if any possibilitues for commerce students

  15. Salman says:

    Is there any forest courses after 12th.

  16. charu says:

    Sir I studying Bsc forestry next what I can do ?

  17. Akshara krishna says:

    How I could be benefited by studying up to M.Sc forestry in India?

  18. Shweta says:

    I am msc final year cbz student ,I want to do my master’s degree in zoology forestry ,what are the scopes and colleges for this .

  19. Raval mitalben Bharatbhai says:

    Which the best university for the Msc Agroforestry? & it’s course suitable for girl? What is scope for job?
    For ICAR jRF entrance exam where the best coaching center?

  20. P V Manish says:

    I want to do bsc forestry 4 years degree from dheradun university how is the intake for this course based on inter marks or we had to write any exam from Telengana Hyderabad

    • Bablin says:

      If u want to pursue forestry from Dehradun,first of all u have to be from PCB or PCM with 45 or above percentage.dehradun have lots of colleges who offer forestry course, u can try any from these college,in private college u don’t need to give entrance exam but in AIEEA exam u have to.so study hard

  21. Ayush Shukla says:

    Sir i am a forestry student.

    I am complete my bsc and msc degree in forestry..so air please if you have any job in this sector so please contact me…my no.

  22. gouthami naik says:

    i am now 9 std…i want to do forstry heigh post job…which subjects i should put stress to get sucess in my career…plz suggest me…plz

  23. chetan kamble says:

    Based on bsc forestry can i get best job & in it carrer is good.

    • Ajay kumar says:

      I sir.Mam …… i have done B.Sc forestry and i will do the private job in private sector so give me a suggestion and company name

  24. Khaling silvia says:

    I want to do Msc forestry. Please suggest me good college in india

  25. Ajay says:

    I have got 93% in inter. Can i get a seat in bsc forestry? I am belongs to general category.

  26. Ajay says:

    For 938 marks oc students will get seat in bsc forestry

  27. Akshara Krishna says:

    Now I am studying in plus two biology science. I would like to do b.sc forestry after plus two.Is it a good food field to take?what are the jobs offered after m.sc forestry ??
    PLZ HELP ME!!!!

  28. chiku says:

    Skr I secure 76 marks in entrance exam and total calculated mark 61 can I have any department of ouat

  29. Rahul R says:

    Does bsc(hons) forestry students get reservation in IFS exam conducted by central gov

  30. Rabiya says:

    I hv copleted b.sc in cbz nw i need job in forest department.

  31. R.Seetha Lakshmi says:

    I have passed in my +2 with 75% plz help me for nice college in forestry

  32. Shailendra says:

    Hello sir,
    I have completed my Masters in Forestry and i want to go for NET in this subject
    Plz suggest the ways how to prepare for NET and what is the scope after that…
    Please help me out

    Thank you.

  33. swathima sasikumar says:

    I am plus two student ..
    l wish to study forestry .
    what are the minimum qualification that a person require to enter in forestry??
    What all are the scopes for job?

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      To get admission in forestry, candidate need to qualify the 12th class with minimum passing marks. However, the eligibility criteria is different for each college.

  34. Surya says:

    Hi sir im now studying in 2nd puc(sci).Im interested in Bsc forestry.how to join this course

  35. Shaqib khan says:

    I m intrested Agroforestry

  36. madhushreeD says:

    I am more interesting forestry filled. I got 80%in PCMB puc but I’m not get seat in bsc forest so I’m join bsc cbz offer completing this degree can I join forest deportment

  37. Azeem says:

    HV done Msc foresty .. Now wants a good job in Forest department or in company

  38. Suraj Singh says:

    my qualification is 10th+ 12th passed from govt. college with (PCB) group

    currently I’m doing in B. Sc. Agriculture

    i want anyone job.
    because I’m from a medley class family
    please give me a govt. job in the forestry……

  39. Neerja says:

    Can a graduate in Bsc Hons. HOME SCIENCES degree apply for MASTERS courses related to forest management?

  40. PavanD says:

    Im in first puc of pcmb is im have to clear neet examination to take bsc forestry

  41. Simran Pal says:

    How to prepare myself for IFS exam to get good score in it?

  42. sidharth says:

    What course is better in india ,forestry or horticulture?

  43. Shubhansu says:

    what are the career aspects after doing MBA in forestry management from IIFM.

  44. Hrishikesh nandkumar ugale says:

    What is the career/scope after completing B.B.A.(agriculture,4years)

  45. vicky jalish says:

    I m a graduate ..And I m intrested ..in Forestry ..what can I do ..suggest me…

  46. Anil says:

    my sec.p u score is 73% i can apply forestry ?

  47. taba meth says:

    I have passed in cbse board exam with additional subject but i have failed in physics subject .will i be eligible for this course?

  48. renu yadav says:

    i have scored 88 percent in plus two can i get seat in bsc forestry

  49. jay says:

    i got 76% in my 12th from isc board…can i get into a good forestry college with this percentage?

  50. Darshana Shekhar says:

    Wat is the scope after doing bsc in forestry ?

  51. Gayatri says:

    i have scored 85.86% in 12th with PCMB. Can i get the admission in good collage

  52. jeevan b m says:

    I got 90% in 2nd pu can i get a seat in forestry of good colleges

  53. i got 80% in +2 exam shall i get any good clg of forestry????

  54. Fathima says:

    Did girls have any scope in forestry?

  55. Bunty says:

    I have scored 85 % in 10 th board from madhya pradesh board and 55 % in 12th standard from ISC/ICSE board of education……………. From PCB…….. Can i get a good college for forestry or i have to repeat 12 th standard again…..

  56. ron says:

    I have just completed my plus two what shall I do to become forest ranger is their a need for any degree in my hand or some thing like an entrance to get the job.

  57. RIYA RAJU says:

    What is the difference between bsc forestry ,& bsc wildlife?

    • Sarvgyan says:

      forestry includes the plants and botanical substances major while wildlife includes animal also rather than this.

  58. kundan kondilya says:

    I am student of B.sc(physics honour) I want master’s degree in forestry than, can I apply in forest scienc for m.sc?

  59. Rani sharma says:

    I am forestry student from Rajasthan.ithink there is no scope in Raj. Plz suggest me for further study, work,and job .and I want remain only forestry and wildlife field

  60. aman kr. singh says:

    it is intersting job for those who are involve in green india

  61. jeevan says:

    Differences between msc agroforestry and msc forestry

  62. umrasong says:

    Its interesting to study forestry….wth all greenish things surrounding us

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