Love Trees? Consider A Career In Arboriculture!

If you’ve just graduated and you’re starting out on a career path that does not suit your outdoor nature, consider a job that will place you in an outdoor environment. For example, a career in arboriculture is ideal for any individual who loves trees, shrubs, pruning, and would prefer to work outside. These individuals work with various kinds of trees, shrubs, vines, and woodsy plants; an Arboriculture professional has special skills, along with the the physical training and ability to properly take care of trees and landscapes in urban or rural areas. Whether you live in downtown Edmonton, or the beautiful regional area of Alberta, Canada, a career working with trees could be the key to a satisfying career path! This post will outline several responsibilities and benefits of a career in Arboriculture, but for more in depth tips, fun facts and information, visit the Chipps Tree Care Blog and explore the archives!

Main Duties Of An Arboriculture Professional

Arborists are professionals that you’ve probably spotted on roads, highways, power-lines, and streets making sure that tree limbs or treacherous tree branches do not interfere with the safety of people in those areas. Many arborists are also hired to take care of trees on a specific property or to make sure that the trees well maintained and healthy. Otherwise, tree removal paired with stump grinding and wood disposal may be necessary, which can easily be carried out by professionals. Once you’ve had a sick tree removed from your property, you may want to replace it with a new one.

Where They Work

It is easy to find an arboriculture professional working in a wide variety of environments. It is important to note that those in the profession might have varying titles that include grounds worker, landscaper, tree trimmer, tree pruner, tree climber, or tree line clearance foreman. Many in this profession work for a commercial tree service company cutting, pruning, planting, fertilizing, inspecting and removing trees. Some might find employment opportunities with a local utility company preparing tree maintenance guides, inspecting trees, or teaching the correct way to maintain trees and prevent injuries near utility lines. Other career paths include private consulting services for government agencies, educational institutions, commercial agencies, or private estates.

The Career Outlook

Anyone looking for a long term rewarding career is concerned about the outlook for their career path, and rightfully so! Fortunately, the career outlook for the Arboriculture professional looks exceptional – in fact, the demand for this profession is growing at a very steady rate. The reason for this rise is due to the demand for more green areas in large urban cities and smaller towns. This leads to a rising demand for professionals with the training, skills, and knowledge to properly maintain trees, shrubbery, vines, and other greenery in this specialized field that allows people to work outside. More and more people are realizing that taking care of the trees and other shrubbery is beneficial aesthetically, protects the environment, and increases property values.


There is a rise in the number of employers demanding that people entering careers involving tree care have formal education or training in landscape design, horticulture, or arboriculture. This education is available at some leading colleges, universities, and trade schools across the country, and in association with the ISA (international society of arboriculture). After graduation and certification, individuals are better prepared to enter this very rewarding career path in the tree care industry.