What do they do?
As a Wood Technologist you will have to study methods of curing wood and exploring methods for converting wood into commodities, such as alcohol, veneer, plywood, wood plastics and other uses. You will have to analyse physical, chemical and biological properties of wood. You will also be developing and improving methods of preserving and treating wood with substances to increase resistance to wear, fire, fungi and infestation.
Typical day in the life of a Wood Technologist
Pros & Cons about this career
- Good scope in the industry You will get many challenges and opportunities to prove yourself but you will also get a chance to grow with the organisation Serious view on relevant fields by governments of India, China etc
- At initial stage of the career, pay is relatively low Work in factory/field in an unorganised sector
Skills and Education needed
- Knowledge of physics, chemistry, material science, structural and chemical engineering, mechanics
- Observation, analytical and creative skills
- Ability to manage labourers
- A very positive attitude to work in an unorganised sector
How do I get there?
In order to become a Wood Technologist you should opt for science at the plus-two level. To enroll for MSc in wood science and technology, you require a BSc in physics, chemistry and maths or BSc in forestry. Selection is done through an all-India entrance test conducted at various centres. You could later consider a doctorate. Some universities take in candidates for PhDs in wood science through a written test followed by an interview. Candidates with degrees in chemical engineering, civil engineering and material science, too, are eligible. The main objective of wood science research and education is “to lessen the burden on forests and fulfil the demand for wood through rational utilisation of plantation timbers,” says SC Joshi, director of Institute of Wood Science and Technology.