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Foresters

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Little or no change in employment is expected for foresters through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Most employment growth for foresters will occur for those who work in state- and local-owned forests, particularly in the western United States. The DOL reports that the "prevention and suppression of wildfires has become the primary concern for government agencies managing forests and rangelands. Governments are likely to hire more foresters as the number of forest fires increases and more people live on or near forest lands. Both the development of previously unused lands and changing weather conditions have contributed to increasingly devastating and costly fires." Demand will also grow for foresters to help restore lands affected by fires, particularly in the western and southwestern states, where fires are most common.

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