|The most popular option for students completing the undergraduate program is to continue their studies in the masterfs course offered by the Department of Forest Science, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences (including the University of Tokyo Forests and Asian Natural Environmental Science Center), with over half of graduates choosing this course. Students choosing to enter employment at the stage of graduation from their undergraduate studies account for approximately forty percent of the total. Typical places of employment where graduates can make full use of their studies include central government agencies such as the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Ministry of the Environment, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, as well as local public bodies. In addition to the Department of Forest Science, some of our graduates have chosen to pursue their studies in more diversified research fields relating to forest science. Examples include the Department of Global Agricultural Sciences and Department of Ecosystem Studies in the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, as well as the Department of Natural Environmental Studies in the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo, where faculty members who have come out of the Forest Science Program are now playing an active role.
|Regarding career paths for students completing the masterfs course, approximately one-third of graduate students choose to enroll in the doctoral course. Examples of posts in government administration and public organizations, as for those completing the undergraduate course, include those in central government agencies, local public bodies, and public-service corporations. While private-sector employment possibilities span a wide range of industries, we find many examples of graduates finding employment in fields and departments where they can make full use of their expertise, including such forest-related fields as paper manufacturing and forestry, as well as the lumber divisions of commercial enterprises and the environmental divisions of think tanks and consultancies.
Career options for students completing the doctoral course are mainly centered on research employment, for example, as researchers in research bodies, such as the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, or as special researchers or post-doctoral fellows in various projects sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).