Arborists provide professional tree care. They use sophisticated techniques to ascend trees, prune and remove dead or excess branches, and lower them to the ground. It can be dangerous work, so safety precautions are paramount. Arborists also plant trees and shrubs and spray them to manage diseases and insects.

Training at a glance

  • Time to Complete: Approx. 3 years
  • On the job time: 6000 hours
  • Related Instruction Time: 440 hours
  • Additional Training: First Aid and CPR certifications, State of WI Pesticide Applicator certification, Transition to Trainer.

Wisconsin Employment Outlook & Wages*

  • Job Outlook through 2026 in Wisconsin: +8%
  • Experienced Level Salary: $45,792

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 * Wisconsin Long Term Occupation Employment Projections, 2016-2026 (Statewide). Office of Economic Advisors, WI Department of Workforce Development, December 2018. & US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment Statistics, estimates May 2017. Reports can be viewed on DWD's premiere source for Labor Market Information,

* * Average (mean) annual salary earned by the upper two-thirds of all workers in the selected location, occupation, and industry. Actual salaries will vary by employer and other factors.