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An Arborist is responsible for the well-being of trees. They implement planting, growing, maintaining, and removal of trees. They can also be the point of contact for selling trees.



What responsibilities will I have?

  • Climb trees to trim and or remove trees
  • Collect data on the size, age, and health of trees
  • Identify and determine health of tree species and prescribe needed care
  • Identify detrimental insects or plant disease and eliminate them
  • Operate a variety of mechanical equipment
  • Prepare estimates for clients and potential customers
  • If certified or under the supervision of a certified applicator will apply chemicals
  • Successfully manage and protect forests in various stages of health


What education and training is required?

A bachelor’s degree in arboriculture, urban forestry, environmental conservation, plant science, horticulture, biology or related field is required.


To pursue a career as an Arborist:

The following high school courses are recommended; agricultural education, biology, botany, ecology, earth science, and geography.


Typical Employers:

Employed by greenhouses, nurseries, logging firms, landscaping companies, government agencies, residential communities, paper and packaging companies, or you may be self-employed.


Future Job Market/Outlook:

Depending on location the job market for arborist can be considered good.


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations:

  • Tree Care Industry Association
  • American Nursery and Landscape Association
  • Tree Care Industry Association
  • National Arbor Day Foundation
  • International Society of Arboriculture
  • Professional Landscape Designers
  • The Professional Landcare Network
  • American Nurseryman
  • Society of American Foresters


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