Natural Resources

ForestryForestry Management Technology - Associate in Applied Science

If you like to work independently outdoors, you might want to consider the Forestry Management Technology program. The only accredited associate degree program of its kind in South Carolina, the HGTC Forestry Management Technology program trains students for the position of forest technician, a middle-management professional who is qualified to work alongside a graduate professional forester. 

HGTC's Forestry Management Technology program is accredited. For more information about HGTC's accreditations, click here.

Credit Requirements: 77 semester credit hours

Career Outlook

A forest technician has the technical knowledge and ability to supervise timber sales and logging operations; conduct field research; implement practices that will enhance timber growth; work in tree-nursery operations; survey land; inventory timber volumes; manage sawmill operations; and sell wood products. Graduates of the Forestry Management Technology program are qualified for entry-level positions with federal natural-resource agencies, state forestry and wildlife departments, pulp and timber companies, consulting foresters, and other industries where the skills of surveying, timber cruising, map drawing, and forest management are needed.

Students have the opportunity to become certified in the following areas: TOP Logger, South Carolina Commercial Pesticide License, American Red Cross First Aid and CPR.

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College's Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

Employers of HGTC Alumni Include:

  • South Carolina Forestry Commission
  • MeadWestvaco Corporation
  • RockTenn
  • International Paper Company
  • USDA Forest Service
  • Canal Wood Corporation
  • Canfor - New South, Inc.
  • American Forest Resources
  • Collum Lumber Company
  • Georgia-Pacific Corporation
  • American Forest Management
  • Brigman & Associates
  • Weyerhauser Corporation
  • North Carolina Forest Service
  • USDI National Park Service
  • S.C. Parks, Recreation & Tourism
  • South Carolina Electric & Gas
  • Resource Solutions, Incorporated

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