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Working As A Foreman

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Make Decisions

  • $29,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Foreman Do

Forest and conservation workers measure and improve the quality of forests. Under the supervision of foresters and forest and conservation technicians, they develop, maintain, and protect forests.

Duties

Forest and conservation workers typically do the following:

  • Plant seedlings to reforest land
  • Clear away brush and debris from trails, roadsides, and camping areas
  • Count and measure trees during tree-measuring efforts
  • Select or cut trees according to markings, sizes, types, or grades
  • Spray trees with insecticides and fungicides to kill insects and protect the trees from disease
  • Identify and remove diseased or undesirable trees
  • Inject vegetation with insecticides and herbicides
  • Help prevent and suppress forest fires
  • Check equipment to ensure that it is operating properly

Forest and conservation workers are supervised by foresters and forest and conservation technicians, who direct their work and evaluate their progress.

Forest and conservation workers perform basic tasks to maintain and improve the quality of the forest. They use digging and planting tools to plant seedlings and power saws to cut down diseased trees.

Some forest workers work on tree farms or orchards, where they plant, cultivate, and harvest many different kinds of trees. Their duties vary with the type of farm and may include planting seedlings or spraying to control weed growth and insects.

Some forest and conservation workers work in forest nurseries, where they sort through tree seedlings, discarding the ones that do not meet standards. Others use hand tools or their hands to gather woodland products, such as decorative greenery, tree cones, bark, moss, and other wild plant life. Some may tap trees to make syrup or chemicals.

Forest and conservation workers who are employed by or under contract with state and local governments may clear brush and debris from trails, roads, roadsides, and camping areas. They may clean kitchens and restrooms at recreational facilities and campgrounds.

Workers with a fire protection background help to suppress forest fires. For example, they may construct firebreaks, which are gaps in vegetation that can help slow down or stop the progress of a fire. In addition, they may work with technicians to determine how quickly fires spread and how successful fire suppression activities were. For example, workers help count how many trees will be affected by a fire. They also sometimes respond to forest emergencies.

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How To Become A Foreman

Forest and conservation workers typically need a high school diploma before they begin working. Most workers get on-the-job training.

Education

Forest and conservation workers typically need a high school diploma and a valid driver’s license before they begin working. Some vocational and technical schools and community colleges offer courses leading to a 2-year technical degree in forestry. The programs typically offer courses in forest management technology, wildlife management, conservation, or timber harvesting. Programs that include field trips to watch and participate in forestry activities provide particularly good background knowledge.

Training

Entry-level forest and conservation workers generally get on-the-job training as they help more experienced workers. They do routine labor-intensive tasks, such as planting or thinning trees. When the opportunity arises, they learn from experienced technicians and foresters who do more complex tasks, such as gathering data. Workers also learn safety procedures, including how to operate equipment safely and how to maintain safety gear.

In addition, some states require that crews and individuals receive training, and sometimes a license, in the use of commercial pesticides. For more information, consult states’ Departments of Agriculture.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Forest and conservation workers must convey information effectively to technicians and other workers.

Decisionmaking skills. Forest and conservation workers must make quick, intelligent decisions, especially when they face dangerous conditions.

Detail oriented. Forest and conservation workers must watch gauges, dials, or other indicators to determine whether equipment and tools are working properly. Workers must follow safety procedures with precision.

Listening skills. Forest and conservation workers must give full attention to what their superiors are saying. They must understand the instructions they are given before performing tasks.

Physical stamina. Forest and conservation workers plant trees and repeatedly perform a variety of physical tasks. They also must be able to walk long distances through densely wooded areas and carry heavy equipment with them.

Advancement

To advance their careers and become forest and conservation technicians or foresters, forest and conservation workers usually need an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in forestry or a related field.

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Average Length of Employment
Carpenter Foreman 6.1 years
Working Foreman 5.8 years
Job Foreman 5.2 years
Mechanical Foreman 5.0 years
Foreman 5.0 years
Shop Foreman 4.9 years
Foreman/Operator 4.9 years
Field Foreman 4.8 years
Lead Foreman 4.7 years
General Foreman 4.7 years
Carpentry Foreman 4.6 years
Yard Foreman 4.4 years
Project Foreman 4.2 years
Assistant Foreman 4.2 years
Crew Foreman 4.0 years
Site Foreman 4.0 years
Top Careers Before Foreman
Supervisor 7.6%
Carpenter 7.4%
Owner 6.9%
Operator 5.4%
Technician 4.9%
Welder 4.9%
Manager 4.5%
Journeyman 4.3%
Driver 4.2%
Apprentice 4.2%
Cashier 3.9%
Mechanic 3.7%
Plumber 3.7%
Top Careers After Foreman
Owner 9.8%
Supervisor 7.3%
Driver 5.2%
Carpenter 4.9%
Technician 4.0%
Operator 4.0%
Manager 3.9%
Welder 3.3%

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Foreman Demographics

Gender

Male

86.9%

Unknown

8.1%

Female

5.0%
Ethnicity

White

64.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

5.4%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

74.6%

Portuguese

3.1%

Carrier

3.0%

French

2.8%

Russian

2.5%

German

2.5%

Italian

2.0%

Polish

1.7%

Dakota

1.3%

Arabic

1.3%

Ukrainian

0.7%

Chinese

0.7%

Dutch

0.5%

Mandarin

0.5%

Venetian

0.5%

Greek

0.5%

Hindi

0.4%

Bosnian

0.4%

Thai

0.4%

Navajo

0.4%
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Foreman Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.0%

The Academy

10.2%

Pennsylvania State University

6.4%

A-Technical College

5.8%

Universal Technical Institute

5.6%

Ashford University

4.8%

West Virginia University

3.8%

Texas A&M University

3.7%

Houston Community College

3.5%

Arizona State University

3.5%

Liberty University

3.4%

Community College of the Air Force

3.3%

Central Texas College

3.3%

Kaplan University

3.2%

Ohio State University

3.2%

Oklahoma State University

3.0%

Utah State University

3.0%

Salt Lake Community College

2.8%

Weber State University

2.7%

Michigan State University

2.7%
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Majors

Business

25.7%

General Studies

7.8%

Criminal Justice

6.6%

Construction Management

6.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.7%

Automotive Technology

5.1%

Electrical Engineering

4.7%

Precision Metal Working

4.6%

Management

4.0%

Education

3.6%

Computer Science

3.3%

Drafting And Design

2.9%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.8%

Accounting

2.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.5%

Mechanical Engineering

2.5%

Psychology

2.4%

Industrial Technology

2.4%

Communication

2.3%

Engineering

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

45.2%

Bachelors

23.4%

Associate

16.6%

Certificate

7.8%

Masters

3.2%

Diploma

2.7%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Average Yearly Salary
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Min 10%
$29,000
Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
Noble Energy
Highest Paying City
Portland, ME
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
4.7 years
How much does a Foreman make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Foreman in the United States is $29,937 per year or $14 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $27,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $32,000.

Real Foreman Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Commissioning Foreman Talisman Energy USA Inc. Three Rivers, TX Jul 10, 2015 $135,000 -
$154,200
Completions Foreman Talisman Energy USA Inc. Horseheads, NY Aug 14, 2016 $89,211 -
$199,211
Foreman Roughouse GV LLC New York, NY Sep 02, 2016 $85,738
Underground Section Foreman Consolidation Coal Company Kutztown, PA Dec 04, 2010 $85,000
Exterior Masonry Restoration Foreman JVS Exteriors Inc. Lynbrook, NY Jun 26, 2015 $83,138
Foreman Feeney Brothers Excavation LLC Waterbury, CT May 17, 2016 $82,708
Foreman Best Painting and Wallpaper Company Naperville, IL Apr 11, 2016 $82,576 -
$94,411
Foreman The Marks Organization, Inc., DBA Leader Carpet Nanuet, NY Jan 08, 2010 $80,850
Foreman CMT Consulting & Engineering San Diego, CA Jun 30, 2011 $80,000 -
$81,000
Foreman TSG Construction LLC Alexandria, VA Apr 21, 2016 $79,872
Foreman CMT Engineering San Diego, CA Jun 30, 2011 $79,000 -
$81,000
Foreman CMT Engineering San Diego, CA May 12, 2011 $79,000 -
$81,000
Foreman Craftsman Construction Inc. Morgan Hill, CA Jun 12, 2008 $56,328
Foreman III Landscapes Management Company, LLC CA Apr 01, 2014 $52,645
Foreman Ampam Parks Mechanical CA Jan 25, 2008 $52,405
Foreman Ampam Parks Mechanical CA Apr 11, 2008 $52,405
Foreman Pittenger Paving & Excavating, Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Mar 08, 2016 $52,175 -
$58,436
Foreman Pittenger Paving & Excavating, Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Aug 11, 2016 $52,175 -
$58,436
Foreman Aspen Roofing Inc. Edmond, OK Dec 08, 2010 $52,175
Foreman Olympic Glass & Construction Inc. New York, NY Mar 18, 2010 $52,175
Foreman de La Torre Construction Inc. Lake Elsinore, CA Dec 06, 2010 $45,053
Foreman L & L Gardens Inc. White Plains, NY Sep 20, 2011 $44,224
Foreman III Landscapes Management Company, LLC UT Apr 09, 2014 $44,179
Foreman J & S Painting, LLC Wappingers Falls, NY Mar 04, 2010 $44,000
Foreman Debernardi Construction Company, Inc. Rock Springs, WY Jan 26, 2010 $42,784
Foreman Debernardi Construction Company, Inc. Rock Springs, WY Dec 16, 2009 $42,784
Foreman Debernardi Construction Company, Inc. Rock Springs, WY Dec 18, 2009 $42,784

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Top Skills for A Foreman

  1. Safety Meetings
  2. Job Site
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained safe working environment by ensuring employees practiced safe work habits and participation in weekly safety meetings.
  • Communicated with outside sub-contractors and job site personnel/management.
  • Focused on customer service satisfaction by assuring painting and drywall repairs caused by damage were repaired properly.
  • Operated heavy equipment for underground installations.
  • Planned and built new construction, remodeling, and repairs throughout WNC and managed crew to accomplish project tasks.

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4.0

Carpenter forman

April 30, 2019 on Zippia

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What do you like the most about working as Foreman?

I like most is being able to motivate and encourage the crew to do the best they can and all there efforts are appreciated I feel that a positive attitude toward your employees resault in a more positive attitude throughout the company as a whole I also like to keep everyone aware of the safety hazards around there work space and maintain a safe work place environment but what I enjoy most is being able to look back at a job complete and know that I was the one in charge of completing that job and it gives me that great feeling of accomplishment.. Show More

What do you NOT like?

I don't like when I have to terminate an employee I always feel like there was more than I could have done a better job motavating and incorporating that employee in a different position in the company that would have benefited both the employee and the company.. Show More

5.0

Formated IUI

March 27, 2019 on Zippia

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What do you like the most about working as Foreman?

I like finishing the project before the deadline. I like coordination, making decisions or save and easy ways,estimating of materials needed, cooperating and leading my team work and etc... Show More

What do you NOT like?

I don't like when there is no project... Show More

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  3. Pennsylvania
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Michigan
  7. Missouri
  8. Maine
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