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45-4021.00 - Fallers

Use axes or chainsaws to fell trees using knowledge of tree characteristics and cutting techniques to control direction of fall and minimize tree damage.

Sample of reported job titles: Cutter Operator, Logger, Sawyer, Timber Cutter, Timber Faller, Tree Faller, Tree Feller, Tree Topper

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Tasks

  • Stop saw engines, pull cutting bars from cuts, and run to safety as tree falls. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Appraise trees for certain characteristics, such as twist, rot, and heavy limb growth, and gauge amount and direction of lean, to determine how to control the direction of a tree's fall with the least damage. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Saw back-cuts, leaving sufficient sound wood to control direction of fall. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clear brush from work areas and escape routes, and cut saplings and other trees from direction of falls, using axes, chainsaws, or bulldozers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure felled trees and cut them into specified log lengths, using chain saws and axes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assess logs after cutting to ensure that the quality and length are correct. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Determine position, direction, and depth of cuts to be made, and placement of wedges or jacks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Control the direction of a tree's fall by scoring cutting lines with axes, sawing undercuts along scored lines with chainsaws, knocking slabs from cuts with single-bit axes, and driving wedges. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Trim off the tops and limbs of trees, using chainsaws, delimbers, or axes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select trees to be cut down, assessing factors such as site, terrain, and weather conditions before beginning work. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain and repair chainsaws and other equipment, cleaning, oiling, and greasing equipment, and sharpening equipment properly. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Insert jacks or drive wedges behind saws to prevent binding of saws and to start trees falling. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Tag unsafe trees with high-visibility ribbons. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Secure steel cables or chains to logs for dragging by tractors or for pulling by cable yarding systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Load logs or wood onto trucks, trailers, or railroad cars, by hand or using loaders or winches. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mark logs for identification. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Work as a member of a team, rotating between chain saw operation and skidder operation. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Agricultural helicopters — Forestry helicopters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Agricultural tractors — Logging tractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air or gas tanks or cylinders — Combi cans; Gas cans See more occupations related to this tool.
  • All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled — All terrain vehicles ATV See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cargo trucks — Logging trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Conventional truck cranes — Forwarder cranes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Detonators — Remote detonation systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ear muffs — Protective ear muffs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services first aid kits — Emergency first aid kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire extinguishers — Portable dry chemical fire extinguishers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flat hand file — Flat files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forestry increment borers — Resistographs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forestry skidders — Log skidders; Rubber tire skidders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver — Global positioning system GPS receivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grapples — Timber tongs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hard hats — Protective hard hats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Harvesters — Mechanical tree harvesters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jacks — Hydraulic jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lifting cables — Guylines; Haulback lines; Skylines; Strawlines (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lumbering equipment — Chain flail delimbers; Grapple yarders; Self-loading log transporters; Tower yarders (see all 9 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pocket calculator — Pocket calculators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Positioning jig — Sharpening jigs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power chippers — Wood chippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Chain saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective pants — Chain saw chaps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Round file — Round files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety boots — Caulk boots See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses — Protective safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety harnesses or belts — Climbing belts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety horns — Warning whistles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety shoes — Tree climbing spikes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Salvage ships — Logging boats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Tuning screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sharpening stones or tools or kits — File sharpeners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shovels — Snow shovels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specialty wrenches — Screnches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tablet computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tachometers — Digital tachometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Diameter tape measures See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Track bulldozers — Wide track bulldozers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Track loaders — Knuckleboom loaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tug boats — Boom boats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios — Frequency modulation FM two way radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultrasonic examination equipment — Impact resonance devices; Sonic devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wedges — Felling wedges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Winches — Hand winches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wood auger bit — Auger bits See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Accounting software — BCS Woodlands Software The Logger Tracker See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Analytical or scientific software — Assisi Software Assisi Compiler; Assisi Software Assisi Resource See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Assisi Software Assisi Manager See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software — BCS Woodlands Software Woodlands Tracker See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Assisi Software Assisi Inventory See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

No knowledge met the minimum score.

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Skills

  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Maintain forestry, hunting, or agricultural equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cut trees or logs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate forestry equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate log quality. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate quality of plants or crops. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mark agricultural or forestry products for identification. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Trim trees or other vegetation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure physical characteristics of forestry or agricultural products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Determine forestry techniques or methods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Attach equipment extensions or accessories. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load agricultural or forestry products for shipment. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 94% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 97% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 88% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 82% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 85% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 72% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 60% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 69% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 68% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 52% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — 68% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 57% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 42% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 41% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 47% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 36% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 52% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 47% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 56% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 37% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — 61% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 29% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 34% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — 28% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 24% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 32% responded “Highly competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed
Education Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Related Experience Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Job Zone Examples These occupations involve following instructions and helping others. Examples include taxi drivers, amusement and recreation attendants, counter and rental clerks, nonfarm animal caretakers, continuous mining machine operators, and waiters/waitresses.
SVP Range (Below 4.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
56   Less than high school diploma
44   High school diploma or equivalent Help

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Life Sciences — Forestry

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RC

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $16.58 hourly, $34,490 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 7,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 1,000
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Logging Workers external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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