Careers in Arboriculture
Arboriculture is both an art and a science – combining physical
skills and modern technology to utilize scientifically based methods to care
Those looking to get into the industry might be wondering where to
start. Those already in the industry might be asking, “Where do I go next? What
are my career options?”
This resource provides anyone with an interest in arboriculture with multiple
career path options in flow-chart form. Possible careers are listed and linked
to other areas one can move into. For example, if someone were interested in
obtaining an entry-level groundworker position, the flow chart would show him
or her which advancement opportunities are available. While there can be
variations in each path, this chart offers the most typical progressions.
Click here.to view the flowchart.
More information on the position can be obtained by clicking on the
career title’s box. When chosen, the box links to another screen that provides
a detailed job description, background needed to obtain the position,
eligibility requirements, education/training needs, recommended or required
certification and licenses, and the typical future career path. The new page
also provides a photo of the profession and lists education and training
materials for someone who holds the position.
Certification is an integral part of arboriculture, and this
resource provides the user with information regarding the applicable
certifications in the arboriculture profession. Information is provided
concerning eligibility, test content, requirements, and test preparation
If you are looking to start or continue a career in arboriculture,
this resource provides an awareness of the field, a practical career outlook,
and what education or experience you need to get where you want to be. If you
are ready to enter the commercial/residential/utility tree care profession,
check your local yellow pages for tree companies in your area. If you have
never worked in the tree care industry and are looking to start your career in
arboriculture here are a few things you should look for and questions you
should ask employers:
- Look for companies that are members of ISA or TCIA, and look for companies that employ Certified Arborists.
- Ask employers to clearly define a career path for you. Who will train you? Ask
to see a copy of their training program and how they document their employee
training and job progression program. Who in the company is responsible for
your career advancement?
If you wish to study arboriculture at the college level, check with
universities or community colleges in your area to see what courses they offer
in the subjects of urban forestry, landscape horticulture, plant pathology, or
related subjects. Contact ISA (888-ISA-TREE) for a list of schools that are
active in arboriculture education.
To search through a list of schools that are active in arboriculture
education, please click here.