Gogebic Community College

Natural Resources

Nature of the Work

Forests and rangelands serve a variety of needs from supplying wood producs, livestock forage, minerals, and water, to serving as sites for recreational activities and providing habitats for wildlife. Foresters and conservationists manage, develop, use, and help protect these and other natural resources.

Employment

Foresters and conservationists held about 41,000 jobs in 1994. About 12,000 of the salaried workers were in the Federal Government. Another 24% worked for state governments, and 7% worked in local governments. The remainder worked in private industry, mainly in the forestry industry. Other significant employers included logging and lumber companies and sawmills.

Job Outlook

Employment of foresters working for the Federal Government is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2005. Demand will continue to increase at the state and local levels because of the increasing need to do environmental impact studies and assist in regional planning commissions on land use decisions. Most graduates entering employment with the Federal Government as foresters, range managers, or soil conservationists with a bachelor's degree started at $18,700 or $23,200 a year, depending upon academic achievment. In 1995, the average federal salary for foresters in nonsupervisory, supervisory, and managerial positions was $44,700, for soil conservationists $42,220, and for forest products technologists $58,680.

The Program

The program at Gogebic Community College is designed to provide the general education courses that are required to transfer a university for bachelor's degree completion for most programs in forestry, conservation, agriculture, and park and wildlife management.

The Requirements

The following are the required courses necessary to receive an Associate Degree in Natural Resources:

COURSE  
CREDIT
ORI 100 Freshman Seminar
1
ENG 101 English Composition I
3
ENG 102 English Composition II
3
BIO 101 General Biology I
4
BIO 102 General Biology II
4
CHM 151 General & Inorganic Chemistry I
5
CHM 152 General & Inorganic Chemistry II
5
PHY 201 Elements of Physics I
4
PHY 202 Elements of Physics II
4
PLS 101 Intro. to American Government
4
SPE 101 Public Speaking
3
EGR 101 Engineering Graphics
2
MTH 110 College Algebra
4
MTH 150 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I
4
ECO 201 Macroeconomics
3
ECO 202 Microeconomics
3
  Humanities Electives
9
  Physical Education Electives
  TOTAL CREDITS
66

Statistics taken from 1996-97 OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK.

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Phone 1-800-682-5910 ext. 207