Have a love of plants, trees, and nature?
Then an arborist might be a great career for you!
What Does An Arborist Do?
Cuts away dead or excess branches from trees or shrubs using climbing equipment or buckets of extended truck booms, or chainsaws, hooks, handsaws, shears, and clippers
Prunes or treats trees or shrubs using handsaws, hand pruners, clippers, and power pruners
Works off the ground in the tree canopy and may use truck-mounted lifts
What Does A Typical Day Look Like?
As an arborist, you can expect to:
Operate grounds maintenance equipment
Drive trucks or other vehicles to arrive at worksite
Trim trees or other vegetation
Clean, sharpen, and lubricate tools and equipment
Hoist tools and equipment to tree trimmers, and lower branches with ropes or block and tackle
What Skills Are Used?
Complex Problem Solving
Amanda is an arborist. What skills does she use in her day-to-day work?
Pay & Job Growth
US Salary (Median): $41,340
Projected Growth (2019-2029): Much faster than average (8% or more)
Canada Salary (Median): $43,645
Projected Growth (2019-2023): Above average (2%)
Education & Training
A high school diploma is the most common type of education for an arborist.
Novice arborists may need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with a seasoned arborist.
A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
What type of education level and/or training is required to become an arborist?
You'll Love It If You...
Enjoy being out in the wilderness
Have an interest or passion for plants and other flora
Enjoy working independently and as part of a team
You May Not Love It If you...
Dislike being outdoors or being physically active
Dislike physically strenuous, sometimes repetitive work for days or weeks
Have a fear of heights, since an arborist spends a lot of time climbing trees
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