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Career Description

An arborist cares for trees and other woody plants. These professionals are called upon for advice on selecting and planting trees and to evaluate the condition of trees, make recommendations for their care and provide services needed such as pruning, fertilization, insect and disease control and when necessary, removal of damaged or diseased trees. Above all, an arborist is a highly qualified specialist who recognizes his or her responsibility to maintain the considerable value trees can add to life and property. This career requires physical fitness and comfort with heights. It is an excellent career opportunity for those who love to work independently outdoors, like to use their mind to prevent and solve problems and are comfortable with physical exertion in varying weather conditions.

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Arborist Essentials

$36,000 - $81,000*

Typical Benefits*

  • Medical coverage
  • Dental
  • Paid vacation time 

Certification from the National Association of Landscape Professionals and/or a degree in urban forestry is preferred

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*Median salaries and benefits should be used as a guide. Actual compensation is influenced by location, type of business, employee’s experience, etc. and benefits vary among employers.



Scott Jamieson, Arborist

Scott started his career by getting his hands dirty, learning the business from the roots up. From managing pest and soil issues with trees, he advanced into roles in sales and management. Today he serves as the Midwest Division Manager and Vice President for the largest private residential and commercial tree care firm in the world.


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