Minnesota’s forests provide opportunities for a wide variety of rewarding careers.

That’s because the worldwide popularity of Minnesota’s forest products means there will continue to be a need for talented men and women to play many vital roles in these and other areas:

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Millwright
  • Nurse
  • Office Professional
  • Pipe Fitter
  • Plumber
  • Process Engineer
  • Pulp and Paper Specialist
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Researcher
  • Resin Technologist
  • Safety Engineer
  • Sales Representative
  • Sawfiler
  • Sawmill Supervisor
  • Surveyor
  • Trucker
  • Waste Management Operator
  • Welder
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Wood Technologist
  • Accountant
  • Biologist
  • Boiler Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Communications Specialist
  • Conservationist
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Ecologist
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrician
  • Environmental Planner
  • Financial Analyst
  • Forest Fire Fighter
  • Forester
  • Furniture Maker
  • Habitat Manager
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Logger
  • Lumber Grader
  • Machinist
  • Maintenance Engineer


Classes to take in high school

It’s not too early to start planning if you’re thinking of a career in forestry or the forest products industry. Ask your school counselor for more specific information, but some courses that would be valuable to you include these:

  • Algebra
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Introduction to Natural Resources
  • Math
  • Outdoor Studies
  • Trade and Industrial Education
  • Trigonometry

Forestry schools in Minnesota

Minnesota has several excellent post-secondary schools dedicated to forestry education, making it convenient for you to gain the skills needed close to home.

View the schools below to learn more about what each offers.

Whether working in the forest or making forest products, there’s a great job waiting for you!

Louisiana Pacific - http://www.lpcorp.com/careers/

Minnesota Power - http://chc.tbe.taleo.net/chc04/ats/careers/jobSearch.jsp?cws=1&org=ALLETE

Norbord - http://www.norbord.com/careers

Packaging Corporation of America - https://www.packagingcorp.com/employment

Potlatch - http://www.potlatchcorp.com/careers.aspx

Sappi North America - http://www.na.sappi.com/aboutus/careers/jobs

UPM Blandin Paper - http://www.upm.com/EN/CAREERS/