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Working As A Hacker

  • 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

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Hacker 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 Hacker

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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Hacker Demographics

Gender

Male

68.0%

Unknown

24.8%

Female

7.2%
Ethnicity

White

53.0%

Asian

15.9%

Black or African American

14.9%

Hispanic or Latino

12.1%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0%

Hacker Education

Schools

University of Maryland - College Park

11.1%

Central Georgia Technical College

8.3%

University of California - Berkeley

8.3%

Stanford University

5.6%

University of California - Irvine

5.6%

University of Texas at Austin

5.6%

Northwestern University

5.6%

University of California - Santa Barbara

5.6%

Mission College

5.6%

The Academy

5.6%

University of California - San Diego

5.6%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

5.6%

Tiffin University

2.8%

Rice University

2.8%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2.8%

Cabrillo College

2.8%

Middle Georgia Technical College

2.8%

Jackson College

2.8%

Excelsior College

2.8%

Harvard University

2.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

26.5%

Computer Engineering

19.1%

Mathematics

7.4%

Business

7.4%

Finance

4.4%

History

4.4%

International Business

2.9%

Entertainment Business

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Geology

2.9%

Accounting

2.9%

Fine Arts

2.9%

Criminal Justice

2.9%

Linguistics

1.5%

Sociology

1.5%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

1.5%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.5%

Writing

1.5%

Music

1.5%

Political Science

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.0%

Other

30.6%

Masters

11.2%

Certificate

4.1%

Associate

3.1%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

1.0%
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Highest Hacker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Growth Hacker Mashape, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 24, 2014 $100,000
Growth Hacker Atlassian, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 26, 2016 $96,000 -
$129,900
Ethical Hacker The Ultimate Software Group, Inc. Weston, FL Sep 06, 2014 $90,022 -
$140,000
Ethical Hacker The Ultimate Software Group, Inc. Weston, FL Jun 23, 2014 $73,362 -
$90,022
Labs Hacker Indeed, Inc. Austin, TX Oct 01, 2013 $70,000

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Top Skills for A Hacker

  1. Hack
  2. Javascript
  3. Email
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  • Developed and monitored community within cohorts totaling over 100 Hack Reactor students.
  • Served as one of the primary JavaScript mentors and counselors for a class of 40 software engineering students.
  • Doubled total number of email signups by the 5th month.
  • Performed web crawling and scraping of ~11,000 websites for consulting and market analysis.
  • Increased conversion rate by over 25% by a/b testing and implementing new copy/user flow.

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