Forest Worker

License required in 1 states

90th most burdensome licensing requirements among moderate-income occupations

101st most heavily regulated occupation among moderate-income occupations

What They Do

Forest and conservation workers perform manual labor necessary to develop, maintain or protect forests, forested areas and woodlands through such activities as raising and transporting tree seedlings; combating insects, pests and diseases harmful to trees; and building structures to control water, erosion and leaching of soil. They include forester aides, seedling pullers and tree planters.


Only one state, Connecticut, requires a license to work as a forest worker. Connecticut requires $300 in fees and one exam. These requirements rank as the 90th most burdensome of the 102 occupations studied here. And because forest workers are licensed by only one state, the occupation ranks as the second least widely and onerously licensed.

License to Work

The data and information here come from IJ’s License to Work report, released in November 2017.

States Ranked by Average Licensing Burden for 102 Lower-Income Occupations

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Based on data released in November 2017

State Licensing Requirements

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Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Connecticut 1 $300 0 1 0 0