Forestry Education for Industrial Career Opportunities
The forest products industry offers golden career opportunities for the right type of men with the proper kind of forestry education. In reviewing the first half century of forestry development in America, one of the most significant accomplishments has been the gradual realization by the forest products industry that good forestry `'pays off." The promotion of the `'tree farm" program, which is only about ten years old, is a manifestation of this trend. An entrepreneur must measure success mostly in dollars, and private forestry ventures have proven successful in most cases. Early foresters in genera.1 lacked the background and educational training to understand the businessman's viewpoint, so minimized their chances of industrial career possibilities. In fact, Fritz put it boldly that “no other group (foresters) has so completely antagonized the industry with which it must work and to which it has tried to sell its services." There is very little wonder why the forest products industry was slow to accept forestry and foresters. Foresters did not talk the businessman’s language. Foresters were prepared primarily for employment in governmental agencies and were not trained in business. A gradual transition is taking place. Foresters are being better fitted for industrial careers, and industry is beginning to see that foresters as well as forestry, will "pay off." There is still a long way to go, however, before there is a complete reconciliation. Forestry education is compelled to change with the times to meet these new objectives if its product is to be sold to industry.