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More Than Just Logging: Job Opportunities Grow in the Forest Products Industry

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The United States forestry and forest products industry employs nearly a million people, making it one of the largest employers in manufacturing, but there’s a lot more to it than just logging and sawmill positions. There are tons of opportunities to be found in all facets of the industry for people with experience in a wide variety of fields, including woodworking, marketing, tech, sales, finances, human resources, sustainability and more. There are even recruiting companies focusing specifically on wood product jobs, finding talent for companies working in biomass energy, wood pellets, cabinets, manufactured wood products and furniture, just as a few examples.

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In 2018, those numbers are expected to grow. According to a few recent studies highlighted by Woodworking Network, wood secondary products industries like the wood components market are on an upward trend, and demand in the moulding and trim segment is projected to grow 5.7% annually to $5.8 billion in 2020 thanks to new housing construction and remodeling. The wood pellets market is projected to grow to $20 billion by 2023. With wood taking off on the architectural innovations front, we can likely expect overall demand for wood building materials to rise as well.

Here at Eastern White Pine, a blog sponsored by the Northeast Lumber Manufacturing Association, we’ll be featuring forest products industry jobs, job boards and companies that are great to work for throughout 2018.

Here are just a few recently featured on

Mechanical Designer (Engineering) in Portland, Oregon:

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Sales Representative – Wood Packaging & Lumber (Sales & Marketing) in Louisiana:

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Project Ecologist/Biologist (Environmental) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida:
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Electrical Engineer (Engineering) in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin:
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Here are a few more great online sources for open positions:

Top Wood Jobs, LLC is an executive recruiting firm that works with companies in the wood products industries, suppling recruiting, staffing and consulting services for full or part time assignments.

Evergreen Recruiters is a permanent placement, contingency-based building materials, logistics and manufacturing recruiting firm placing talented workers in a wide range of positions. is the largest executive search firm specializing in building products and construction. “Our goal is to be a strategic partner with each of our clients and a career management consultant to our candidates. Our company culture is built around working with both a servant’s heart and with integrity. Because we specialize in industry, we are in contact with outstanding middle and senior managers in our clients’ competitive marketplace. Our Career-Directed Approach allows us to build long-standing relationships with the most accomplished candidates in the industry.

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