Also known as Log Buyer, Log Check Scaler, Log Grader, Log Scaler, Lumber Grader, Scaler, Timber Buyer
Also known as Log Buyer, Log Check Scaler, Log Grader
Log Graders grade logs or estimate the marketable content or value of logs or pulpwood in sorting yards, millpond, log deck, or similar locations.
In addition, Log Graders inspect logs for defects or measure logs to determine volume.
Log Graders are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Log Graders. More generally, Log Graders are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Log Grader is $36,900, and the average salary is $38,940. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Log Grader salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Log Graders earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Log Graders earn less than $25,910 per year, 25% earn less than $0, 75% earn less than $46,250, and 90% earn less than $54,430.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Log Graders is expected to change by 7.5%, and there should be roughly 700 open positions for Log Graders every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Log Grader are usually higher in their Realistic and Conventional interests.
Log Graders typically have very strong Realistic interests. 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.
Also, Log Graders typically have moderate Conventional interests. 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.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Log Grader tend to value Independence, Support, and Working Conditions.
Most importantly, Log Graders moderately value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Second, Log Graders moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Lastly, Log Graders moderately value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Log Graders must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, attention to detail, and integrity.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Log Graders, ranked by importance:
Working as a Log Grader usually requires a high school diploma.
Log Graders need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Log Graders may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as production and processing, mathematics, or customer and personal service knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Log Graders might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Log Graders must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Log Graders need abilities such as near vision, problem sensitivity, and oral comprehension in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Log Graders, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Log Graders frequently use skills like active listening, critical thinking, and speaking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Log Graders, ranked by their relative importance.
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