Meaningful work and studies
The forest industry can offer various jobs – now and in the future. We need multifaceted professionals to build a sustainable world. Technical and commercial studies related to wood processing are offered in different parts of Finland. Are you interested in sustainable forestry, the development of new products, or sales and marketing?
Work to build a more sustainable world
The forest industry employs 42 000 people in Finland. When the entire production chain is included, this figure rises to 140 000. In addition, some 35 000 people work in Finnish forest industry companies in other countries. 1 During the next few years, more broad-minded and versatile talents will be needed to develop, produce and market sustainable products both for consumers and industries. The forest sector offers good global job opportunities.
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Multifaceted professionals in the forest bioeconomy
Understanding sustainable forestry, wood chemistry and process engineering helps to develop new products. However, commercial understanding, as well as service design, are also needed to truly identify the needs of consumers and customer companies. When developing increasingly innovative products, multi-disciplinary expertise is highlighted. Expertise in biotechnology, building technology and packaging design is key in the development of health technology products, wood building and responsible packaging.
The forest bioeconomy offers a number of attractive jobs in the fields of forestry, biomaterial and equipment manufacturing, technological development, chemistry, automation, consulting and research. Take a look at these companies!
In addition to large corporations, a number of forest industry startups have been established in recent years 2:
|Spinnova||Wood fibre spinning technology||Sustainable textile industry||Industrial scale pilot in 2018|
|Paptic||Plastic replacing packaging products||Sustainable alternative to plastic films||Industrial- scale production line in 2018|
|Infinited Fiber Company||Technology to produce fibres from recycled fibres and cellulose||Sustainable and cost-effective fashion||Production plant of 25,000 t/a in 2020-2021|
|Sulapac||Biodegradable and wood-based material without any microplastics||Sustainable material to replace plastic||Funding of EUR 15 million for upscaling and internationalisation|
|Jospak||Recyclable cardboard tray||Sustainable food industry||Third production line to commence in the spring 2020|
|Woodly||Transparent wood-based packaging material||Ecological and sustainable packaging products||Funding of EUR 2 million for growth|
|Lumir||Wood-based products for acoustics||Better acoustics using wood fibres||Winner of the growth path competition for the bioeconomy and the circular economy|
|Woodio||Waterproof wood composite products||Ecological materials for bathroom products||Investment funding of EUR 4 million, including Metsä Spring|
|Betulium||Water-based cellulose material||Replacement of synthetic organic polymers||Investment from Bang & Bonsomer Group since 2017|
|Dolea Straws||Recyclable, biodegradable and custom printable drinking straw||Sustainable drinking straw||Honourable mention in the Bio and Circular Economy Growth Path in 2019|
|Onbone||Wood cast product||Non-toxic and biodegradable medical products||Investment of 10M€ for international launch|
|Montisera||Bioactive compounds||Patents, IPRs and trademarks||Two daughter companies (Montinutra and Montipharma)|
|Montinutra||Bioactive compounds for medical and food industry||Bioactive extracts with health benefits for food and pharma industry||Pilot-scale production facility to be built in 2020|
|Montipharma||Bioactive compounds for pharmaceutical industry||Clinical development phases of medicine and food ingredients||Plan to enter Phase I clinical development in 2020|
|Repolar Pharmaceuticals||Resin based health care products||Resin-based products for human and animal care||International business growth|
Many attractive companies can also be found from the third sector:
- Forest Products Engineers
- Finnish Forest Association
- Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland
- Forest centre
- Finnish Forest Foundation
- The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners
- Finnish Forest Industries
Various study opportunities
Forest industries can be studied in all parts of Finland. Universities of applied sciences in the wood processing sector offer more than 200 study places, while bachelor’s programmes at universities offer more than 500 study places. You can study chemistry or material, mechanical, environmental, process, energy, bioproduct or wood engineering, or forest sciences or forestry. What if you also completed some food, biochemistry or packaging design studies?
Watch why Ilkka Hämälä, CEO of Metsä Group, recommends wood processing studies!
Students can already start working during their studies
The forest sector offers various job opportunities. Would you like to work as a responsibility specialist or project engineer? You will do well if you have an understanding of natural sciences, possess good working life skills and are eager to learn something new.
Typically, students at universities and universities of applied sciences spend their summers working in production, research, sales or communication. Summer jobs are suitably challenging and pay well. Finland has thousands of summer jobs to offer in the wood processing industry and excellent opportunities to complete a training period abroad.
Read more about students in the field (in Finnish)