Forest Managers

ANZSCO ID 133511

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
450
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
91%
Female Share
12%
Average age
46

Summary

Forest Managers manage the production activities of forestry operations.

Specialisations: Harvest Manager (Forestry), Operations Manager (Forestry).

Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Forest Manager. Although some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification or a university degree in forestry studies.

Tasks

  • Determines, implements and monitors production strategies, policies and plans.

  • Plans details of production activities in terms of output, quality, quantity, cost, time available and labour requirements.

  • Controls the operation of production plant and quality procedures through the planning of maintenance, designation of operating hours, and supply of parts and tools.

  • Monitors production output and costs, adjusting the processes and resources to minimise costs.

  • Informs other managers about production matters.

  • Oversees acquisition and installation of new plant and equipment.

  • Directs research into production methods, recommending and implementing appropriate initiatives.

  • Controls preparation of production records and reports.

  • Co-ordinates the implementation of occupational health and safety requirements.

  • Directs staff activities and monitors their performance.

Characteristics

Job Type
Managers
Skill Level
Very high skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
n/a
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • University
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Informal or on-the-job
Interests
  • Practical
  • Administrative
  • Enterprising
Physical Demand
  • Sedentary
  • Light
  • Very Heavy

Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Production Managers, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 91% of people employed as Forest Managers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 25 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 48 hours per week in their main job. This is 4 hours more than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).

    Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.


Industries

Main industries

1
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
63.8%
2
Public Administration and Safety
13.2%
3
Manufacturing
9.4%
4
Administrative and Support Services
2.7%
5
Other industries
7.2%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

20.0% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

28.0% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

10.4% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

8.9% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

18.0% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

12.1% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

2.0% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

0.7% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Forest Managers All Jobs Average
NSW 20.0 31.6
VIC 28.0 25.6
QLD 10.4 20.0
SA 8.9 7.0
WA 18.0 10.8
TAS 12.1 2.0
NT 2.0 1.0
ACT 0.7 1.9


  • Around 82% of Forest Managers live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.

    Tasmania and Western Australia have a large share of employment relative to their population size.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
46
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
12%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Forest Managers is 46 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.

    Females make up 12% of the workforce. This is 36 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Forest Managers All Jobs Average
15-19 0.7 5.0
20-24 1.5 9.3
25-34 13.5 22.9
35-44 27.7 22.0
45-54 31.6 21.6
55-59 16.1 9.0
60-64 6.8 6.0
65 and Over 2.2 4.2
Median Age 46 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Forest Manager. Although some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification or a university degree in forestry studies.

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  • AAPathways website to explore Manufacturing VET training pathways.

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of Qualification Forest Managers All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 8.0 10.1
Bachelor degree 30.9 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 16.2 11.6
Certificate III/IV 21.9 21.1
Year 12 7.5 18.1
Year 11 2.7 4.8
Year 10 and below 12.7 12.5

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.


Skills and Knowledge

Employers look for Production Managers who are reliable, organised and can communicate clearly. Employers also value leadership and planning skills.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 57%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 55%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 55%

    Management of personnel resources

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  • 55%

    Operation and control

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  • 54%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 54%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 54%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 54%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 52%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 52%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 52%

    Operation monitoring

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  • 52%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 50%

    Systems evaluation

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  • 48%

    Systems analysis

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  • 46%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 45%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 45%

    Quality control analysis

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  • 43%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 43%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 43%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 68%

    Mechanical

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • 57%

    Production and processing

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  • 55%

    Administration and management

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  • 49%

    Transportation

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  • 48%

    Education and training

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  • 46%

    Public safety and security

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  • 44%

    Customer and personal service

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  • 41%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 40%

    Law and government

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  • 36%

    Building and construction

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  • 36%

    Economics and accounting

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  • 35%

    Engineering and technology

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  • 35%

    Geography

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  • 34%

    English language

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • 34%

    Sales and marketing

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  • 34%

    Clerical

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  • 34%

    Psychology

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  • 34%

    Personnel and human resources

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  • 31%

    Technical design

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  • 30%

    Computers and electronics

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 61%

    Reaction time

    Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.

  • 57%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 55%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 55%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 55%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 55%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 54%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 54%

    Multilimb coordination

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  • 52%

    Control precision

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  • 52%

    Depth perception

    Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.

  • 52%

    Static strength

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  • 50%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 50%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 50%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 50%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 48%

    Visualization

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  • 45%

    Flexibility of closure

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  • 43%

    Auditory attention

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  • 43%

    Brainstorming

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  • 43%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.


Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  • 77%

    Handling and moving objects

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  • 72%

    Doing physically active work

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  • 68%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 68%

    Controlling equipment or machines

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  • 67%

    Driving vehicles or equipment

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  • 65%

    Working with mechanical equipment

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  • 65%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 64%

    Making decisions and solving problems

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  • 62%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 61%

    Planning and prioritising work

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  • 59%

    Communicating within a team

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 59%

    Coordinating the work of a team

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  • 58%

    Checking for errors or defects

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  • 55%

    Assessing and evaluating things

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  • 54%

    Checking compliance with standards

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  • 54%

    Managing payments and orders

    Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.

  • 53%

    Scheduling work and activities

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  • 52%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 49%

    Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  • 46%

    Communicating with the public

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.


Interests and demands

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 100%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 81%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 62%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 43%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  • 29%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  • 19%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 76%

    Independence

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  • 71%

    Relationships

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  • 71%

    Support

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  • 57%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 57%

    Recognition

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  • 52%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 99%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 98%

    Outdoors, exposed to weather

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  • 98%

    Wear common protective or safety equipment

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  • 97%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 95%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 95%

    In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

  • 94%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 92%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 91%

    Health and safety of others

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  • 91%

    Unstructured work

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  • 90%

    Contact with people

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  • 90%

    Responsible for outcomes

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  • 90%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 89%

    Dangerous equipment

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  • 84%

    Exposure to contaminants

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  • 84%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 84%

    Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  • 83%

    Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  • 80%

    Very hot or cold temperatures

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  • 79%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

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