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According to the BC Chamber of Commerce, the forestry industry is a cornerstone of BC's economy, supporting over 100,000 jobs provincially. It is a constantly changing, growing industry where jobs continue to diversify as the needs and wants of the public change. Amidst this change, there is hope for a bright future in forestry, with increasing demand for sustainably produced carbon-storing forest products as building materials.

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Potential employers include forest companies, government ministries, and independent consultants. Check out what employers have to say about our graduates (see Our Stories under Brag Page)

Forest technologists manage a range of forest values, including timber, fish, wildlife, recreation, range, and visual impacts. Jobs typically include a mix of field and office work. A sample of job titles include:

  • Forest Engineer
  • Silviculturist
  • Timber Cruiser
  • Forest Health Officer
  • Environmental Technologist
  • Forest Planning Technologist

Those who manage forests in BC are required to belong to the forestry profession. Forest Professionals British Columbia (FPBC) regulates two categories of forest professionals:

VIU forestry graduates, after completing an articling period, are eligible for registration as an RFT. Additional course work, or the completion of a forestry degree enables graduates to further their qualifications by becoming an RPF.