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 40,720 tree trimmers and pruners are employed in the United States.

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

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