What Does a Licensed Arborist Do?

June 30, 2019

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A licensed arborist, also known as a "tree surgeon", require some formal education, on-the-job-training, and passing a state exam in order to earn their license or certification. In many states, a licensed arborist must hold a Bachelor's Degree in a minor field that corresponds to arboriculture. If pesticides are going to be part of the job additional training may be required.

According to current statistics, a licensed arborist can make an estimated median salary of about $48,000, annually. Their duties involve raising, maintaining, and removing trees. They may or may not perform other related tasks based upon their education in horticulture and environmental conservation programs. Working with all species of trees in their main skill.

Is the job of a licensed arborist difficult? It certainly can be depending on what type of circumstances they are faced with. However, many arborists completely love their jobs so any challenge involving trees is welcomed with open branches.

The Licensed Arborist Job Description

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You'll see an arborist using both hand and power tools to perform their duties. These tools are used for hedge trimming, pruning, branch cutting, and more.

An arborist will be the one to call when you need trees planted for professional landscaping. Did you know that some arborists work behind a desk? They design the blueprints for landscapes and then pass the information along to field arborists who apply the template.

Planting, trimming, and shaping trees are all part of the job and things that all licensed arborists must know how to do.

Do Arborists Have any Other Duties?

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Yes! Some licensed arborists specifically specialize in tree trimming and tree removal. In these cases, they must know how to operate heavy-duty equipment like bucket trucks and cranes. A wise tree trimmer will know how to choose the appropriate species of trees to plant-based on the climate of the area and soil conditions. This is where experience comes into play.

Some arborists perform pathology tests on trees and their soil to determine what might be causing a species to become diseased and sick. This is a very important skill to have when dealing with some sort of infection among forestry.

Only licensed arborists are allowed to apply pesticides and other chemicals to trees. This type of licensing requires additional schooling but also allows the arborist to be paid a larger salary. Most chemical-related arborist careers require the candidate to work as an apprentice before they are able to work for themselves.

How Does an Arborist Become Licensed? 

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If an arborist plans to apply chemicals to trees they will have to pass a state-approved test and become insured. On-the-job training is required and recommended for almost all arborists depending on the state they reside in. Interested in learning more about tree services? Check out our other blog articles!

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