Do you LOVE BEING OUTSIDE?
Are you a bona fide tree-hugger and just love walking through the woods? Then Forestry is the program for you! Foresters work for the US Department of Agriculture and there are state and federal forests all over the United States. Some foresters work for big private land owners too and their job focuses on managing the forest resources so the company earns a steady income. A few foresters may work for state or federal parks and they may do as much educational outreach as they do forest management.
WHY CHOOSE A CAREER IN FORESTRY?
The US has a lot of land covered in forests and forests are incredibly important to our economy as products from lumber to medicine are produced every day. We need people to work in our forests and make sure we are managing them properly. Because there are so many different types of jobs, go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics to learn more about salaries.
Based on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for Foresters and conservation scientists was $60,220 in May 2015.
WHY SHOULD I PICK THE FORESTRY PROGRAM AT GCSC?
For a career in forestry, you need to earn your bachelor’s degree and maybe pursue a more specialized degree at the master’s level. Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida, has some of the lowest tuition rates in the state, but we provide high-quality education. Your biology professors are dedicated to teaching. Not only that, but they have connections in the community and are able to help you obtain internships.
Make the most of Gulf Coast’s generous scholarship and financial aid programs. Over half of Gulf Coast students receive some kind of financial assistance.
And, with Gulf Coast State College’s average class size of 22 students you will get personalized attention from your professors and the encouragement you need along the way.
WHICH FLORIDA UNIVERSITIES OFFER FORESTRY PROGRAMS?
Most four year colleges or universities in Florida offer degrees in forestry. Getting your Associate’s Degree at Gulf Coast State College gets you into these colleges. So start here and transfer to finish your degree!
Contact the Advisor
Linda Fitzhugh, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
850-769-1551, extension 2863