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Logger

 

 

Overview

Loggers, lumberjacks, or timber fallers work in the timber industry, cutting down trees and processing them into logs.

 

 

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Cut down trees using chain saws and other specialty logging equipment
  • Remove excess limbs and branches
  • Determine how much lumber a tree will yield by measurement and scale
  • Trim logs into specific lengths at the cutting site
  • Chain logs to tractors or other machines that will tow logs to a loading site
  • May be required to operate tractor or other towing machine
  • May be required to climb trees for inspection, trimming, or to attach cable rigging for harvest
  • Guide logs when necessary over obstacles
  • Inspect and maintain equipment for optimal safety

 

What education and training is required?

A high school diploma is required to become a logger.

 

To pursue a career as a Logger:

The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, mathematics, natural resources, and computer courses.

 

Where can I work? How much money will I make?

Most loggers work for lumber or timber companies or state or national forest associations or groups.

 

Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for a logger will be fair over the next five years. 

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • State Loggers Associations
  • State Forestry Associations
  • Tree Care Industry Association

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