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Education and Training: None

Salary: Varies—see profile

Employment Outlook: Poor

Definition and Nature of the Work

Loggers cut down trees and load the logs onto trailers and railroad cars. Most loggers work for large lumber companies. Approximately half of the loggers in the United States work in Oregon, Washington, California, Alabama, North Carolina, Arkansas, and Georgia.

Fallers are loggers who cut down trees marked by foresters. Fallers usually work in pairs, some distance away from other loggers. By working far from the others, they reduce the risk of injury to themselves and others from falling trees. Fallers use a chain saw to make a V-shaped cut into the tree's trunk. Then they go to the other side of the tree and cut toward this V. Soon the tree begins to fall. The loggers must keep out of the way of falling trees. Once the tree is cut down, buckers use chain saws to cut off the limbs and branches. Then they cut the trunk and A logger uses a chainsaw to cut branches off a tree he has just cut down. (© Terry Wild Studio. Reproduced by permission.) the larger limbs into logs. Log scalers measure the fallen tree to determine how much lumber the tree will yield.

Chokers wrap chains around logs that are lying on the ground. They attach these chains to either winches or tractors that pull the logs to loading sites. A winch is a powerful machine with a coiled chain used for pulling. If the ground is very rough, chokers use pulleys to move the logs. Two or three chokers usually work together under the direction of a rigging slinger. When necessary, rigging slingers help the chokers. They also drive the tractors that pull the logs. If they use winches to pull the logs, loggers known as yarders run the winches. Loggers must guide the logs as they pull them between stumps and over ditches.

After loggers pull the logs to the loading site, loader engineers and their assistants take over. Loader engineers drive machines designed to collect logs and drop them onto trailers and railroad cars. Then the engineers take the logs to lumber mills where they are cut into boards of lumber.

Education and Training Requirements

There are no specific education requirements for loggers. Some firms prefer to hire those who have a high school education. All loggers are trained on the job. Because logging is done in the wilderness, most firms look for workers who like to be outdoors. Loggers must be strong and fast on their feet. Therefore, logging companies like to hire workers who have been active in sports or have experience doing hard work.

Getting the Job

Interested persons can apply directly to logging companies. State employment offices and local newspapers in logging areas may provide additional job leads.

Advancement Possibilities and Employment Outlook

Experienced loggers can become supervisors of logging crews. They can receive promotions to jobs in which they fix and adjust logging equipment. Others can become truck drivers and equipment operators.

The need for loggers is expected to decrease through the year 2012 due to increased mechanization, imports, and forest conservation efforts. However, the industry needs workers to replace those who retire or leave logging to take up other work.

Working Conditions

Loggers usually work in crews of five to fifteen workers and work outdoors in all kinds of weather. In the summer the woods where they work are often hot and muddy. In the winter loggers face snow, sleet, and cold. The logging industry is more hazardous than most other industries. Workers must be careful of falling trees and heavy equipment. Many loggers find, however, that the pleasures of working in the wilderness outweigh these hardships.

Loggers generally work thirty-six to forty hours a week. In some parts of the country logging is a seasonal activity, and loggers may have to move or find other jobs for part of the year. Many loggers belong to labor unions.

Where to Go for More Information

American Forest and Paper Association
1111 Nineteenth St., NW, Ste. 800
Washington, DC 20036
(800) 878-8878
http://www.afandpa.org

American Loggers Council
P.O. Box 966
Hemphill, TX 75948
(409) 625-0206
http://www.americanloggers.org

Forest Resources Association (FRA)
600 Jefferson Dr., Ste. 350
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 838-9385
http://www.forestresources.org

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
9000 Machinists Place
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772-2687
301) 967-4500
http://www.iamaw.org

Earnings and Benefits

Earnings vary based on the specific job, size of establishment, experience on the job, and geographic area; salary ranges from minimum wage to $25.46 per hour. Benefits for full-time employees usually include paid holidays, paid vacations, and health insurance.

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over 1 year ago

hi, im 708 years old and still a logger. i have a 1788 dead sons, 986 dead daughters and 2097 dead husbands all of which were killed by my chainsaw when i cut them all in half by accident and it still brings tears to my eyes this day (tears of laughter not tears of sadness!!!!!!!) all of those deaths are just rofl and lol. oops while writing this i accidentally just cut my daughter and husband in half, lol!!!! make that 987 dead daughters and 1789 dead husbands. i love logging because i can accidentally cut people in half and kill them, its just to fun and funny. so thats all for now bye. BTW i have no head i only have an eyeball sticking out of my neck because my head got stuck in a tree but i was able to save my eyeball. bye.

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almost 6 years ago

I have been a logger for 25 years. I started at 17 cause I lied about my age. I started running a saw for a shovel that loaded right-of-way.(The trees fell to build logging roads). I made $8.00hr. I'm 43 years old and am retiring along with my long time employer. Why, you ask? I made $18.50 an hour. I would travel 2 1/2hrs to the job and 3hrs home every day, not paid. I would leave my house at 2:30am and not get home untill 7:00pm. sometimes even later. I would work in every type of weather mother nature has to offer, in the brush or on top of a saw ALL day. I have had several teeth knocked out, thousands of stitches, broken ribs,broken collar bone, dislocated shoulder, and the middle finger on my left hand pulled off when my glove hung up on a jager while spooling a guy line. I have packed out two dead bodies, one of them was in two pieces. I've seen many more horribly injured. This is the real world of logging. It takes a real rare breed of man to do this job. most will come out their first day and within an hour be so cramped up and puking their guts out it takes them the rest of the day to get back to the landing. No,. I wouldn't recommend this job to anyone. But honestly, I don't Regret one minute of it. Its just time to move on.

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almost 5 years ago

hi my name is billy an i live in a little town called warrensburge, i am 16 an have been running a saw since i was 10 years old, just two years ago i started climbing, and at this point am desent at it. i love cutting trees more than anything and look foward to being a faller in the future to come

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over 9 years ago

Logging is a very satisfying way of making a living but is dangerous and physically challanging. I am 45 years old and have had several close calls.At 45 I am one of the older loggers that still handfalls with a saw.I think that there will always be a place for this job but it is on a very small scale.This type of job works best if production is not the most important part of the job but quality is. Wade Johnson Custom Logging LTD

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over 1 year ago

if u reading this u stupid

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over 1 year ago

hi, i have been logging for 60 years and I'm still logging now even though i got squashed by a tree and i am dead my son was killed from logging as well (lol)

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over 1 year ago

a sandwich is in my head!!! it snuck in through my ear when i was sleeping... What do i do my granny brain in a wheelchair doesn't like sharing her room..... WAIT!!!........ my granny brain just ate the sandwich..... she is getting fatter! there was a reason i put her on a diet!!!! I pushed her on the treadmill.... lets hope she uses it..... Oh no!! she just found my hidden stash of oreos that i hid under her wheelchair.....!!!! she is putting them on the treadmill and eating them!!! Well what did i expect she can't walk so i guess i should have expected it...

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over 1 year ago

i love to eat greeblies and nitties they are my favourite food i always bring them when i go out to my job as a logger this is just a tip because they are really delicious and very healthy and they make sure you are not hungry while doing your job... I AM A BIG FAT GREEBLY AND LOVE MY NITTIES!

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over 1 year ago

:) HI I AM CURRENTLY BEING ATTACKED BY AN EVIL HAMSTER THAT CAME BACK FROM THE DEAD... IT WAS 68 YEARS OLD AND I TOLD IT TO GET A WIFE OR IT WILL BE LONELY AND IT JUST POOPED ON MY SHOE! LIKE WHO DOES THAT!!??? THEN I THREW AN AXE AT ITS FACE AND IT BOUNCED OFF MY HAMMYS EYE AND INTO NOSE AND THEN A FEW WEEKS LATER I POOPED OUT THE AXE AND IT BROKE MY TONGUE! ALSO THE HAMSTER DIED WHEN I THREW THE AXE AT IT THEN I WAS COOKING IT FOR DINNER AND IT JUST LIKE GOT REVIVED ON MY PLATE AND NOW ITS PISSED AT CHASING ME HELP ELP ELP!

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over 4 years ago

My names Brandon Freeman I'm from Liecester N.C. and I'm 21rs old and I'm helping my uncle run his logging business and i do everything from driveing a truck and skidder to cuttin trees and loadin trucks I'm making $50 a load and we usaully get 4 to 5 loads a day at we're logging at. I love what i do and hopefully my kids will help whenever they get old enough.

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almost 6 years ago

hello im wes im 17 and ive been cutting wood for maybe a few years i relly like it and want to be come a logger ya all should help me out with doing tht i really want this life style

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about 6 years ago

only you can prevent corperate espionage...

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over 1 year ago

Hi i am 98 years old and am still a logger i have been a logger since i was a young thing and my husband was also a logger he had his own business but when he got crushed by a tree, i took over his business. when i was young, about 64 i broke my spine and am now paralysed. Do you know how hard it is to wheel a wheelchair in a forest??????? I am very strong in my arms because of all the weights i lift at the gym. I have no eye and half my face is missing because my chainsaw sliced it off, my daughter started helping me when she was 12 and she kept helping me till she was killed by my axe when i dropped it and she got cut in half... even now i still laugh at it...

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about 5 years ago

I have been a logger since I graduated from High School. Minus 9 years as a maintenance technition in the electronix industry. I didn't choose to go back to logging but the manufacturing was shipped off shore so there was less need for the technitions. I am 60 years old and have had a quadruple by pass and a major heart attack. I am at this point paying my own health insurance at $578.00 a month. This has a deductable of $2500.00 and co
pays of $3000.00. It is "catastrofic" insurance. I still owe medical bills. I am working for $19.00 an hour as an equipment operator and am on food stamps. The logging industry will always be around but it is a shadow of what it used to be and will be even more so in the future. I don't recommend it for a career choice unless you go to college for a forestry degree because that will be the future, planning for maximum returns and "Going Green" issues.

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over 5 years ago

I was wondering if i was too old to get into logging I'm 26 and I'm in college its strange i like college but i get such a sense of satisfaction and pleasure from doing outdoor physical work i have my own part time gardening business and work with chainsaws from time to time. I'm trying to decide if it would be a smart career choice to move to this business just looking for some pointers.

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over 7 years ago

Hi my name is Paul as u can tell im not much of a worker and i live in a small town witch was big at one time when my dads dad had a restaurant my spelling sucks and i like to work i would like to become a logger i have never cut down a tree but i have cut wood for 5 years and i know alot about chain saws and alot about cutting if i can be a logger i would like to be emailed and told who i can apply with?

thank you for your help of finding a job and hope i can get to work soon!!!

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over 5 years ago

Heyy I Love The Woods And I Would Love To BE a Logger! Thank And A Great Day :D Mauh Lmfaoo Byee

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about 5 years ago

I have been a logger since I graduated from High School. Minus 9 years as a maintenance technition in the electronix industry. I didn't choose to go back to logging but the manufacturing was shipped off shore so there was less need for the technitions. I am 60 years old and have had a quadruple by pass and a major heart attack. I am at this point paying my own health insurance at $578.00 a month. This has a deductable of $2500.00 and co
pays of $3000.00. It is "catastrofic" insurance. I still owe medical bills. I am working for $19.00 an hour as an equipment operator and am on food stamps. The logging industry will always be around but it is a shadow of what it used to be and will be even more so in the future. I don't recommend it for a career choice unless you go to college for a forestry degree because that will be the future, planning for maximum returns and "Going Green" issues.

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over 5 years ago

i live in mississippi. i have logged all my life form age seven,some would say i was one of the best loader men they ever seen. starting at the age of eight with my fathers company i would meusere loggs and fill chain saws ;;steele''; and by age ten i was running one,bulking or cutting,and limbing.by twelve a timberjack 230 pulling cables from daylight till dark.age fourteen started running loaders loading trucks,ive ran small town wood yard and have worked with some great legends and have learned alot,my question is''is there any job openings in orogon st i would love to logg there its amazeing. treywallace.wallace@gmail.com

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3 months ago

Hey there, my name is Peanut and I have been a logger for about three months now. Getting into logging at the age of 54 really made me understand that this is really a career for young bucks. When I was little my Pa always told me, "Listen son, you better cut down some trees when yur older, or I'll beat yur mom some more." He would then put his cigarette out on my head, but it's okay cause I knew his true intentions. You know, even though my forehead looks like a dilapidated flower now, my old man was right. Sometimes you just gotta trim a couple bushes (Whether in the woods or not) to get through life and that's what I want you guys to understand too. Come on guys, we're loggers!!!! So let's group up and have a nice time. I love you guys and have a good night.

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over 1 year ago

hi my name is hi wats urs send me an email so i know ur name and we can be friends

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over 1 year ago

hi i love logging it is bæ

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over 1 year ago

lol my mum, husband, wife, son and daughter r dead lol

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over 1 year ago

i love to ploop. bloop is fun. i ploop when i sleep and i ploop when I'm on my job as a logger i even ploop when I'm dead. i even eat ploop. have a ploopiful day.

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2 months ago

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