Living in a country that is rich with natural resources gives young Canadians several unique opportunities to have a prosperous career in one of these resource-driven fields.
A career in the forest products industry is relevant in 200 communities across the nation that are dependent on this sector. On its own, the Forest Products Industry makes up 12% of Canada’s total manufacturing GDP.
The opportunities for recent grads in this field range significantly and include, skilled labour, as well as professional roles. This sector directly employs 230,000 employees across the nation.
There has also been a recent, very prominent, trend in the forest products industry toward conservation and sustainability. By working in this sector, candidates who value corporate social responsibility and environmental stewardship will have the chance to have a direct influence when it comes to reducing the carbon footprint of the entire sector.
Here’s a look at the average starting salaries for a few entry level positions in the industry. These figures do not include annual bonuses or the monetary value of potential benefit packages.
Heavy Machine Operator (hourly rate)
(Note: Includes both Sawing and Logging Machine Operators)
British Columbia: $17
British Columbia: $46,851
British Columbia: $43,913
British Columbia: $39,705
Scientific Researcher, Forestry
British Columbia: $54,078
Environmental Engineer, Forestry
British Columbia: $60,971
Across Canada: $54,977
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