Arborists are specialists who focus on the planting, care and maintenance of individual trees in order to improve tree health, growth, and aesthetics. They are knowledgeable about the needs of a large variety of tree species and are trained with the proper techniques to care for them.
Arborists may work independently, for a private organization, or with a natural resources-related government agency. Employers may include landscape businesses, tree care companies, utility companies, forestry consulting firms, and parks and recreation departments to name a few.
For additional information about career options in arboriculture, view the International Society of Arboriculture's Career Paths flow chart.
Arborists may hold a bachelors degree in forestry, ecology, horticulture, landscape architecture, or a similarly-related field. Furthermore, many arborists seek certification from the International Society of Arboriculture. Certified arborists must complete a certain amount of training and pass an extensive exam to demonstrate their knowledge of the field. Certification is voluntary, but represents a greater commitment and understanding of the profession.
Certified arborists may also choose to become certified within a specialized area of arboriculture to further their career goals. These areas include:
Gaining further knowledge in these specialized areas may also allow arborists to become Utility Arborists, also referred to as Utility Foresters, or Systems Arborists/Foresters. The Utility Arborist is considered a technically advanced career path that requires a deeper understanding of forestry, arboriculture, and electric distribution and transmission systems. Utility Arborists typically work for an electric utility company in their vegetation management program.
For more information visit: The International Society of Arboriculture
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