Arborists specialize in the planting selecting and caring of trees and shrubs. They must enjoy working outdoors and should feel comfortable climbing trees. They usually work for cities public utility companies and businesses but they may be employed by owners of commercial and residential properties as well. They serve various functions including diagnosing and recommending remedies to treat tree diseases. However they may be called upon to give advice on how best to plant remove trim and prune trees and shrubs.
They often recommend the kinds of trees that are best suited to certain locations and for specific uses. To become an arborist an individual must earn a degree in arboriculture or a related field such as horticulture forestry or landscaping. Many employers require certification from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) or Tree Care Safety Professional (CTSP). However certification is not always mandatory.
Payscale.com says that an arborists salary will depend both on locale and on hisher years of experience but average hourly wages range from $13.74 to $20.02 per hour. Based on a survey taken in 2010 total annual salaries including bonuses and commissions range from $30667 to $48847.
Healthy job growth is predicted for this profession. Skilled arborists are needed more now than ever because of increased recognition that trees are crucial to the quality of the earths social economic and environmental well-being.