I am about to start the second half of my junior year majoring in forestry at Mississippi State. I have grown to love and appreciate forestry as an industry and a profession and I am confident I made the right decision majoring in forestry at MSU. I am involved in our chapter of the S.A.F., and the College of Forest Resources in general.
As I begin to look to the future, I can't help but think of graduate school. It would essentially be free for me to get a Masters in Forestry at MSU or Georgia given that I qualified completely (I have a 3.89 GPA). I really love the industrial side of forestry and I really see myself working with a privately owned company doing Harvest management/silviculture/or something of that nature. I have a summer internship lined up with a smaller REIT (they own ~500,000 ac.). Hopefully that is helpful in discerning which area of the profession I want to focus on. I could also see myself enjoying teaching forestry one day down the road.
So, I suppose that my question is: what are the benefits of a masters degree, how useful will it be in my professional career, and is it worth the 2-3 years it may take me? I think I would have a lot of trouble entering the work force and then coming back to school, but I suppose that is also an option.
Sorry for the length, but I feel that background will probably be useful for any of you willing to give a me a little guidance! I know there is a wealth of information in this forum.