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Arborist

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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

You could be:

Pay

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

Starting salaries for arborists at assistant or technician level range from £14,000 to £19,000 a year. Skilled arborists earn from around £24,000 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.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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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

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2017
792
2.3 %
RISE
2022
810
  United Kingdom
2017
4173
1.6 %
RISE
2022
4238

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:

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

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

Institute of Horticulture (IoH)
Tel: 0845 707 8007
Website: http://www.horticulture.org.uk/
Website (2): http://www.growcareers.info
Twitter: @CIHort
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CIHort

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 310164
E-mail: scotland@lantra.co.uk
Website: http://www.lantra.co.uk/scotland
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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