How to become an Arborist
What an Arborist does
Skills and personal qualities of an Arborist
Arborist salaries and wages
Influential professionals in the Arborist field
Leading organizations in the Arborist field
Top cities for Arborist employment
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How do I become an Arborist?

Becoming an arborist requires mostly know how, which can be built up over time and hands-on experience and/or started with formal college education in the areas of horticulture, arboriculture or landscape design. There is no licensure required, except if an arborist works with pesticides, which are sometimes dangerous and controlled substances. In that case, states do regulate certification for people to know the proper application and disposal of these chemicals. If one wishes to own his/her own business, a background in some kind of business education is also helpful.

What does an Arborist do?

Arborists (arbor is from Latin, meaning "tree") are specialists who focus on caring for and maintaining trees and shrubs. Trees sometimes catch diseases or become invested with pests, pose health and/or safety risks, need to be replanted or planted to begin with. Arborists lend their skills in cities and private companies (like professional landscapers or other horticulture-related industries). The job requires a lot of on-site work.

What skills or qualities do I need to become an Arborist?

Arborists generally deal with projects that aim to solve problems, whether it is about preserving a diseased row of trees or figuring out the best planting pattern to retain soil on a sloped surface. They also have to work well with people, both in collective problem solving situations or with overseeing the actual arboriculture work being done.

How much do Arborists earn?

Arborists and tree trimmers make a little more than other lands and grounds workers, with a range from $19,000 - $45,000+. It is difficult to determine how much arborists make because of the great variety in number of hours worked and in which field arborists work.
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Who are some influential professionals in this field?

Scott Packard is the Chairman of the Board of the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), and Terrill Collier is the Vice Chair.

The Board of Directors of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) is run by the president, Lauren Lanphear, and the vice-president, Frank Gifford.

The president of the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) is Greg Nichols, with the president-elect being Gene Pouly. The vice president of PGMS is Monica Higgins.

The president of PLANET – the Professional Landcare Network – is Jason K. Cupp, CLP. The president-elect and secretary is William Hildebolt, PhD, CTP-CSL.

What are some leading organizations in the Arborist field?

The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) is a nonprofit that is formed of people working in the tree care industry. Arborists can belong to this association, along with other tree care professionals. In addition to networking and professional resources, TCIA provides free tree care information and a directory of arborists.

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) is an international organization dedicated to arboriculture and an appreciation of trees. It provides resources for anyone interested in arboriculture or trees.

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) is a professional society that helps in professional advancement and education, among other goals. It was founded in 1911, and is comprised mainly of people who work for universities, colleges, parks, apartment complexes, cemeteries, and hotels and motels.

The Professional Landcare Network, or PLANET, is an association on the international level which includes landscape contractors, lawn care professionals, and plantscapers. PLANET helps with business plans, networking, and other resources for landcare professionals. PLANET was formed from a merger of the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) and the Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA) in 2005. Before that, ALCA was founded in 1961 and was geared toward landscape maintenance professionals and interiorscapers. PLCAA was an international association for lawn care professionals, founded in 1979.

What are the top cities for Arborist jobs?

The number of advertised open arborist jobs are not many, and they seem to be spread out across all cities and states fairly evenly. Private industry seems to be the largest employer type, however, with cities and other government entities in second place.

The top city for arborist jobs is Indianapolis, Indiana, with Washington, D.C in second place. Many amusement parks, residential or office complexes, parks and recreation departments, universities, hotels, and cemeteries require the services of arborists. In fact, anywhere you see trees, it is likely that an arborist is working behind the scenes.

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