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Occupational health nurses are an integral part of the human resources team at forest products companies. They are responsible for diagnosing and providing primary care for work- and non-work-related injuries and illnesses. Nurses also help screen candidates during the hiring process.
Working as an occupational health nurse in the forest products industry also means carrying out duties like helping employees return to work after an injury or illness. Many forest products companies also have health and wellness programs, which you would oversee.
Working as an occupational health nurse opens up the opportunity to move up to supervisory or managerial positions in human resources management.
To fill this role, you could graduate from a recognized nursing program. Earning a certified occupational health nurse designation is also advantageous. There are a variety of college programs that will help you jump-start your career.
Supervisor, Forest Products Processing
Forest products processing supervisors lead teams who operate pulp and paper mills, paper-converting mills, sawmills, planing mills, and plywood, waferboard, and other wood and paper products mills. One of their biggest responsibilities is to make sure that people are doing their jobs properly as they execute the hi-tech processing tasks in mills.
To become a supervisor in a mill, you will need technical training covering some or all of the complex processes in the mill. Learning on the job and building your seniority in the mill is essential as well. As you gain experience, you may also act as a mentor and trainer to other staff. Your career track could see you move into senior managerial, design, advanced control, training or sales positions.