Arborist  What They Do

Just the Facts

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dotArborists care for trees and other woody plants. They fertilize and prune trees and watch out for disease or insects. Sometimes they remove, plant or transplant trees.

Arborists are employed at private or commercial tree firms, as well as utility companies, municipal governments, botanical gardens and arboretums. Some use their talents to run their own consulting businesses.

Arborists should be in good physical condition, enjoy working outdoors and have excellent communication skills.

At a Glance

Prune, trim and care for trees and woody plants

  • Some arborists run their own consulting businesses
  • You need to be physically fit
  • Study plant science or horticulture