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Arborist

Arborist uses a chainsaw to prune branches from a tree

Arborists plant and take care of trees and other woody plants. They make sure that trees are healthy, safe and protected from damage and disease. They are sometimes called tree surgeons.

The Work

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Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Apprentice arborists will be paid the minimum wage for apprentices in Scotland. The apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £6.40 an hour (1 April 2024).  

Starting salaries for arborists at assistant or technician level range from £17,000 to £20,000 a year. Skilled arborists earn between £30,000 and £45,000 a year. The earnings of arborists who are self-employed will vary. They charge a fee which is based on the job to be done.

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Getting In

There is no single entry route to this career, but a good general education is useful.

You could work for a local authority, national park, private estate, landscaping firm, garden centre or private contractor.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
6104
3.7 %
RISE
2029
6332
  United Kingdom
2024
28393
6.3 %
RISE
2029
30173

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What Does it Take?

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Training

Getting On

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Arboricultural Association
Tel: 01242 522152
E-mail: admin@trees.org.uk
Website: http://www.trees.org.uk/
Twitter: @ArbAssociation
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArbAssociation/app/?sk=app_2309869772

Chartered Institute of Horticulture
Tel: 03330 050 181
E-mail: cih@horticulture.org.uk
Website: https://www.horticulture.org.uk/
Twitter: @cihort
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CIHort

Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF)
Tel: 0131 240 1425
E-mail: icf@charteredforesters.org
Website: http://www.charteredforesters.org
Twitter: @TheICF
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CharteredForesters

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 310164
E-mail: scotland@lantra.co.uk
Website: https://www.scotland.lantra.co.uk/
Twitter: @LantraScotland
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lantrascotland/

Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector.

Royal Forestry Society (RFS)
Tel: 01295 678588
E-mail: rfshq@rfs.org.uk
Website: http://www.rfs.org.uk
Twitter: @royal_forestry
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalForestrySociety/

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