University education and the impact on employment in the forest industry.

Authors: T. Cummins
Publication: New Zealand Journal of Forestry, Volume N.Z.J.For. 1998, Issue N.Z.J.For. 43(4) 1999, pp 26-29, Jan 1999
Publisher: New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Abstract: The impact of holding a forestry-focused degree on obtaining employment in the forest industry was observed through a longitudinal study. Undergraduate students from 3 New Zealand universities which include forestry in their curriculum, were recruited for the study during the first semester of the 1994 study year, and recontacted by post in 1998. Over half of the graduates had a job by the time they graduated. Half of the graduates surveyed had been employed by a forest company; the remainder were employed by consultants, in sawmills, and logging crews. Some had found employment outside the forest sector. Over half (57%) of graduates thought that their degree was essential to obtaining their first job. Nearly half (44%) of all graduates thought their degree needed more industry contact, with course material updated to reflect current industry practices.