Career as Wood Technologist

Early Salary

1 - 2 L

Mid Salary

4 - 5 L

Senior Salary

7 - 8 L

Academic Pressure


Job Pressure


Wood science and technology (WST) is aimed at efficient utilisation of timber. Basically, wood technologists use their know-how to manage and improve wood and wood products. If you plan to pursue it as your career then you would be trained in wood physics, chemistry and anatomy, timber mechanics and engineering, wood seasoning (drying), wood preservation, wood working (machining operations) and finishing, saw milling, product design, composite wood, timber entomology and wood microbiology. You can join wood/furniture industries, plywood industries, buying houses for exports, or as research scholars and scientists in some institutes. As a wood technologist you should be ideally trained in physical properties of wood which would help you to identify and suggest alternate timbers for various uses. To evaluate and assess durability of the wood and also suggest preservative treatments to increase the life of wood, you are required to know chemistry of wood. Timber mechanics is an important area where you would use the information for structural use of wood.

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. 

Skills 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.

Typical day in the life of a Wood Technologist

The average day of a wood technologist:
9am: Planning the day with head of divisions, trainees about production
10am to 2pm: Evaluate the physical and mechanical property of the wood samples. Determining the properties of wood samples to be tested
3pm: Analysis of the data
4pm: Suggest suitable use for the samples based on the test results
5pm: Production output analysis of the day. Plan production for the next day
7pm: Leave for the day

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
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