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What You Need to Know About Faller

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

Life As a Faller

  • Load logs or wood onto trucks, trailers, or railroad cars, by hand or using loaders or winches.
  • Stop saw engines, pull cutting bars from cuts, and run to safety as tree falls.
  • Assess logs after cutting to ensure that the quality and length are correct.
  • Measure felled trees and cut them into specified log lengths, using chain saws and axes.
  • Trim off the tops and limbs of trees, using chainsaws, delimbers, or axes.
  • Secure steel cables or chains to logs for dragging by tractors or for pulling by cable yarding systems.

What Every Faller Should Know

These are the skills Fallers say are the most useful in their careers:

Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Equipment Maintenance: Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Types of Faller

  • Hewer
  • Utility Arborist
  • Axman
  • Tree Topper
  • Feller Operator

Job Opportunities for Fallers

In the United States, there were 7,500 jobs for Faller in 2016. There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Faller. The BLS estimates 800 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Faller are Kentucky, Maryland, and Oregon. Watch out if you plan on working in Georgia, Alaska, or South Carolina. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Faller Salary

Fallers make between $27,080 and $78,500 a year.

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Fallers who work in New York, Oregon, or Montana, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Fallers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $44,320
Alaska $59,680
Arkansas $55,050
California $56,720
Colorado $29,650
Georgia $42,570
Idaho $43,170
Indiana $53,620
Louisiana $39,320
Maryland $41,480
Massachusetts $45,480
Michigan $36,670
Minnesota $45,010
Mississippi $48,700
Missouri $39,910
Montana $65,560
New Hampshire $45,240
New York $63,040
North Carolina $56,500
Ohio $29,130
Oregon $67,560
Pennsylvania $33,170
Tennessee $38,020
Texas $50,220
Vermont $40,810
Virginia $42,120
Washington $66,870
West Virginia $38,620

What Tools & Technology do Fallers Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Fallers may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office
  • ESRI ArcView
  • BCS Woodlands Software The Logger Tracker

How to Become a Faller

Education needed to be a Faller:

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Faller?

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Where Fallers Work

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The table below shows the approximate number of Fallers employed by various industries.

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Those thinking about becoming a Faller might also be interested in the following careers:

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