Graduation & Career Placement

FORT-studentsinwoodsThe graduation rate of students working toward a degree over the past ten years averages 78%.  Smaller class sizes allow a close watch on the students which helps with their success rates.  Most students who do not make it to graduation leave because they discovered that forestry was not for them.  Many of these students transfer into other programs that are more suited to their interests.

The numbers of graduates from the Thompson School who choose to continue on for a baccalaureate degree (either here at UNH or elsewhere) frequently outnumber those entering the job market. This number ranges from 30% to 70%.  These students are very successful in this endeavor and usually have a 100% success rate, graduating with their second degree.

Graduation Requirements

The standards for graduation from the Forest Technology program require a minimum of 64 earned credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a scale based on 4.0 as the highest.

The table below shows employment trends for our graduates.

EMPLOYMENT TYPE

PERCENT OF GRADUATES

EMPLOYMENT TYPE

PERCENT OF GRADUATES

Arborist

18.1%

Saw Milling/Wood Products

7.6%

Forestry Consulting/Land Management

21.9 %

Government Forester 

10.5%

Wood Procurement

1.9%

Fire

1.0%
Timber Harvesting

13.3%

Unknown 25.7%