Arborist Trims Tree

Arborists are professionals who practice arboriculture, which is the care of trees and shrubs, especially those found in urban areas. Arborists prune and fertilize trees and other woody plants as well as monitor them for insects and diseases. Arborists, who are also known as tree trimmers and pruners, are often consulted for various tree-related issues. Approximately 40,680 tree trimmers and pruners are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Pruners, Tree Trimmers
Duties Care for trees and shrubs, especially those found in urban areas
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Earth Science
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Business Management
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Crew Manager or Self-Employed
  • Arborist
  • Helper or Ground Worker