Student Achievement – Forestry Professional Programs


Forestry offers a wide variety of excellent career opportunities with industry, local, state and federal government agencies, and nonprofits. With a degree from one of the world’s top 10 forestry programs, Oregon State graduates are in demand, both in the Pacific Northwest and worldwide. All Forestry and Forest Engineering students complete a minimum of six months of approved work experience in addition to their academic work, to better prepare them for a professional forestry position upon graduation.

Oregon State’s College of Forestry offers three professional forestry degree programs, all focused on academic and practical preparation relevant to today’s needs.

B.S. in Forestry – SAF accredited program with three option tracks:

  • Forest Management
  • Forest Operations Management
  • Forest Landscape Processes and Management

Forestry graduates’ careers include:

  • Industrial or government forester
  • Forest manager
  • Timber analyst/appraiser
  • Fire ecologist
  • Accounts manager
  • Silviculturist
  • Community or urban forester
  • Harvesting operations manager

B.S. in Forest Engineering – accredited by SAF and the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.
B.S. (dual) in Forest Engineering/Civil Engineering – accredited by SAF and the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.

Forest Engineering and Forest Engineering/Civil Engineering dual degree graduates:

  • Develop timber harvesting plans and adapt harvest systems
  • Design and implement safe, efficient and ecologically sound forest operations
  • Design and construct roads, culverts and other transportation infrastructure


Graduates are highly sought after by private timber companies, environmental organizations and governmental agencies. Demand for these professional positions continues to be strong and to exceed our number of graduates. Salary and benefits for professional forestry positions have been very competitive in recent years and upward mobility and advancement opportunities will continue into the future.    

While the majority of our graduates remain, by choice, in the Pacific Northwest, many take positions elsewhere in the United States and in other countries. Recent graduates have accepted employment opportunities in Oregon, Washington, Northern California, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. 

  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Forest Engineering/FE/CE 22 15 18 11 14
Forest Management 14 25 25 26 28
Forest Operations Management 7 12 7 9 8
Total 43 52 50 46 50
(The B.S. in Forestry degree program was initiated in Fall 2013, therefore no graduation statistics are yet available for that program.)


2013 FE/FM/FOM Graduate Employment
Employed or in graduate school: 100%
Employed in the field: 82%
Average starting salary: $45,000
Average job offers received: 2

(Survey of 2013 Forest Engineering, Forest Management & Forest Operations Management graduates 6 months post-graduation. Response rate: 26%)

Student Retention and Graduation rates across all seven College of Forestry majors:

Year-to-year retention rate

Fall 2008 Fall 2009 Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012
87% 73% 82% 76% 86%


6-year graduation rate

Fall 2003 Fall 2004 Fall 2005 Fall 2006 Fall 2007
55% 63% 65% 65% 56%

(The College of Forestry offers 7 majors; in addition to Forestry, Forest Engineering, and Forest Engineering/Civil Engineering, they include Renewable Materials science, marketing and management; Natural Resources; Recreation Resource Management; and Tourism and Outdoor Leadership. The 6-year graduation rate is the standard used in federal and comparative reporting.)