Forest Technology
Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

The practical hands-on curriculum prepares students for:
  • technical and mid-management positions in forestry production
  • wood processing
  • federal and state agencies
  • manufacturing industries
Coursework includes:
  • GPS/GIS technology
  • plant variability and diversity
  • forestry related software
  • marketing and logistical skills for the forest industry
  • an academic and a specialized background needed for a variety of careers in forestry
  • the opportunity to earn certification in Basic Wildland, Firefighter PA 130

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Program Specs

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Forest Technology

About the curriculum


View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.

Accreditation & Industry Connections

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Program accreditation.

Society of American Foresters

After graduation

Graduates are encouraged to continue their educational pursuits. Penn College offers the Two-Plus-Two major that may be completed at the Penn College campus or online via distance learning. The Penn College Forestry program has a close affiliation with The Pennsylvania State University or students may also continue their studies at Paul Smith's College, West Virginia University or Glenville State College to obtain their bachelor’s degree.

List of jobs via the College Catalog.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for forest and conservation technicians was $34,910 in May 2013. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $24,930.The top 10 percent earned more than $54,230.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)21,400$18.28$38,020
State Government (OES Designation)4,750$17.02$35,400
Local Government (OES Designation)2,070$18.48$38,430
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services410$18.22$37,900
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools310$20.35$42,330

Statistics reported in May 2013

Transfer Procedures

View general transfer procedures via the College Catalog.

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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies

Uniform/Safety Protection

  • Leather work gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety toe boots
  • ANSI Hard Hat with Ear & Eye Protection

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

Clubs & Activities

  • Forestry Club

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Forest Technology Advisory Committee

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Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

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