Forestry and Logging Workers
Forestry and Logging Workers perform routine tasks associated in cultivating and maintaining natural and plantation forests, and logging, felling and sawing trees. Tree Surgeons not included here, they are included under Gardeners.
maintaining forest roads, buildings, facilities, signs and equipment
killing weeds, felling and de-barking non-productive trees and thinning young plantations
collecting seeds, and cultivating and planting seedlings for reafforestation purposes
applying fertilisers, insecticides and herbicides to individual trees and general forest areas
maintaining look-out for fires in forests
removing major branches and tree tops, trimming branches and sawing trunks into logs
assisting with loading and transporting logs
planning the felling of trees and determining the natural and intended fall of each tree
clearing surrounding area of saplings and debris prior to tree-felling
operating and maintaining manual and machine saws to fell trees and to cut felled trees into logs
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers in this occupation is likely to remain stable.
Source: Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 72% of people employed as Forestry and Logging Workers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 6 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 46 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to 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.
Most Forestry and Logging Workers work in the Agriculture, forestry and fishing industry. They are also employed in industries like:
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2021.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Forestry and Logging Workers||All Jobs Average|
Around 82% of Forestry and Logging Workers live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Tasmania and South 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.
Age and gender
The median age of Forestry and Logging Workers is 38 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 10% of the workforce. This is 38 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)
|Age Bracket||Forestry and Logging Workers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||3.9||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Forestry or Logging Worker. Although some workers have a certificate II or III in forestry or horticulture.
Registration or licencing may be required.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Forest and Wood Products Industry VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Forestry and Logging Workers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.8||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||35.0||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 Forestry and Logging Workers who are reliable, hardworking and physically fit.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
55%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
43%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Fixing machines or systems.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
37%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
36%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
32%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Talking to others.
Teaching people how to do something.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Using maths to solve problems.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
40%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
34%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
32%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
24%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
20%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
20%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
19%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
18%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
17%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
10%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
9%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.
Quickly choose the right movement of the hand, foot, or other body part when there are two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures).
Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.
See details that are far away.
Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.
43%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Tell the difference between sounds.
Know where things are around you.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
69%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
63%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
58%Working with mechanical equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
58%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
54%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
53%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
52%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
50%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
49%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
48%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
44%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
44%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
44%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
42%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
40%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
40%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
37%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
37%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
36%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
35%Coming up with systems and processes
Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
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 are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
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.
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.
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.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
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.
96%Outdoors, exposed to weather
Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.
Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.
94%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
92%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
Talk with people face-to-face.
92%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
91%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
89%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
89%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
87%In an open vehicle or equipment
Work in an open vehicle (e.g., a tractor).
86%Whole body vibration
Be exposed to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer).
86%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
82%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
80%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
80%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
79%In an enclosed vehicle or equipment
Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).
78%Very hot or cold temperatures
Work in very hot or cold temperatures.
73%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
70%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
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