Funding and Career Opportunities
- The Dean of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science provides $1,00 for each accepted self-funded student, earned by working on School research projects (Earn and Learn).
- Assistantships aren't available, but students are encouraged to apply for scholarships and other funding sources.
- The forestry and conservation job market is projected to grow 7 percent from 2014-2024, with a median $60,220 annual salary, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Starting salaries range from $35,000-80,000
- See the SFRES Job Postings board for recent, open job descriptions
Credentialed by the Society of American Foresters, this professional degree prepares you for a career in forestry working where you want to be: outdoors.
Experiential learning in summer internships and field positions is a key component of the MF program. Some recent summer jobs and locations MF students have gone to include:
- Timber prep technician, Forest Service, Arizona
- Timber and fire technician, Longyear LLC, Michigan
- Wilderness Ranger Intern, Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation, NGO, Idaho and Montana
- Data Management and GIS technician, Pathways, Forest Service, Minnesota
- Forestry field technician, Deer-Forest Study, Wildlife and Fisheries Science, Penn State, Pennsylvania
- Timber technician, Weyerhaeuser, Michigan
- Urban arborist, Hartney Greymont/ Davey Tree, Massachusetts
Michigan Tech MF alumni are spread across the country, working jobs in all the various fields of forestry! Some recent graduates job titles and affiliations include:
- GIS and Remote Sensing position, MDA Information Systems, Michigan
- Silviculture Forester, Department of Natural Resources, Washington
- Urban Arborist, Davey Tree, Massachusetts
- Forester, Department of Natural Resources, Michigan
- Forestry Technician, Forest Service, Colorado
- Forester, Potlach, Michigan
- District Forester, Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, Michigan
- Resource Forester (public outreach, invasive species, wildland fire, private and public land management), Department of Conservation, Missouri
- Regeneration Forester, Forest Service, Arizona
There are also a variety of workshops, certificates, meetings, and other opportunities to enhance your professional development as a Master of Forestry. Some of the regularly offered programs students are encouraged and supported to participate in include:
- Chainsaw safety certification
- Wildland Fire Red Card training and certification
- Forest Resource Management Projects - MF students can take a lead on projects directly impacting and managing School lands
- Society of American Foresters State and National Conferences
- Other Professional Society Conferences and Meetings related to Natural Resources