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Just as there are different classifications of trees, the logging profession also encompasses different classifications on job titles. Below are eight (8) primary job titles one would encounter at a logging worksite.

  • Fallers. Fallers cut down trees by using hand-held power chainsaws or mobile felling machines.
  • Buckers. Buckers trim tree tops and branches, and cut logs into specific lengths.
  • Tree Climbers. Tree climbers wear safety harnesses attached to a rope and use specialized equipment to climb up tall trees to cut the limbs.
  • Choke Setters. Choke setters fasten steel cables, also known as chokers, around logs. Afterwards, the chokers drag the logs to the landing areas.
  • Rigging Slingers & Chasers. Rigging slingers & chasers set up and dismantle the cables and wires yarding systems.DSCN0200
  • Log Sorters, Markers, Movers, & Chippers. Log sorters, markers, movers, & chippers sort, mark, and move logs based on their classification, size, and ownership.
  • Logging Equipment Operators. Logging equipment operators use tree harvesters to cut trees, shear the limbs, and cut them into
    specific lengths.
  • Log Graders & Scalers. Log graders and scalers inspect logs for defects and measure them to establish their volume.

How Much Can You Make in the Logging Industry?

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2018 the job titles listed below earned the following median wages:

  • Sawmill & Wood Preservation: $32,050
  • Logging Equipment Operators: $39,820
  • Logging Workers: $40,650
  • Faller/Tree Cutter: $46,930

What is the Work Environment Like?

The majority of the logging profession takes place outdoors and can require workers to commute long distances to prospective job sites such as forests and wooded areas. At times it can be dangerous and physically demanding in that workers are sometimes forced to work in poor weather conditions and in isolated areas.

Where Can I Get the Training to Become a Logger?

Hocking College in Nelsonville, OH offers a Timber Harvesting and Tree Care Certificate Program. Students who complete this program will graduate with an Occupational Certificate in Timber Harvesting and Tree Care, and will be able to work in a variety of fields including landscape management, forest management, urban tree management, and more.

For more information on this program, contact Program Manager Lynn Holtzmn by email at holtzmanl@hocking.edu or by phone at (740) 753-6274.

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