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Associate of Applied Science in Forestry

The objective of the Forest Technology program is to educate students in the basic concepts and practical techniques of forestry.  Graduates are trained to function in a supporting capacity to professional foresters in private, state, and federal organizations.  To receive the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Forestry degree, a student must complete the Forest Technology curriculum which consists of a two-year course of study (four semesters plus one summer term).

The Forest Technology program, leading to the A.A.S. in Forestry degree, is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF).  Graduates of this program meet the educational requirement for licensure in Georgia as Registered Foresters.

ABAC’s Forest Technology program typically graduates 10-12 students each year.  These graduates are employed by forestry consulting firms, timber dealerships, sawmills and other wood-using industries, vegetation management firms, tree seedling producers, as well as state and federal government agencies.  Starting salaries range from $28,000 to $35,000 per year.  Employers advertise more jobs with us each year than we have graduates to fill.  Job titles include:

  • Forest Technician
  • Forest Ranger/Forester
  • GIS Technician
  • Procurement Forester
  • Land Management Forester
  • Sawmill Production Analyst
  • Forestry Services Technician
  • Seedling Operations Manager
  • Utility Arborist

Upon graduation with this degree, some students choose to continue their education by pursuing a baccalaureate degree in forestry at ABAC (B.A.S. in Natural Resource Management – Forestry major) or in business management at any number of colleges and regional universities throughout the state. In a survey of 29 graduates from the 2010-2011, 2011-2012, & 2012-2013 academic years, data was obtained for 24 (83% response rate).  Of these, fourteen (58%) were employed in forestry jobs and ten (42%) were continuing their education.

Program of Study – Two Year Plan – Associate of Applied Science in Forestry