Arborists maintain and care for trees and shrubs by lopping limbs and shaping branches, treating trees with fertilisers and insecticides, removing dead or decaying trees, and advising on general tree care.

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III or IV in arboriculture is needed to work as an Arborist.

    Tasks

    • Prunes trees and hedges, and installs plant support and protection devices.
    • Examines trees to asses their condition and determine treatment.
    • Lops limbs off trees and shapes branches using chain or handsaws.
    • Sprays and dusts plants and trees to control insects and disease, and fells diseased trees.

    All Gardeners

    • $1,078 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Arborists

    • 5,600 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 82% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 36 years Average age
    • 3% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Arborists (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 4,300 in 2011 to 5,600 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Location: Arborists work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Administrative and Support Services; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (82%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 3% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Arborists in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Arborists.

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Administrative and Support Services59.0
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing17.2
    Public Administration and Safety13.2
    Construction3.4
    Other Industries7.2

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateArboristsAll Jobs Average
    NSW33.331.6
    VIC28.425.6
    QLD18.520.0
    SA8.87.0
    WA6.310.8
    TAS2.32.0
    NT0.81.0
    ACT1.51.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketArboristsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.0-5.05.0
    20-2411.0-9.39.3
    25-3433.6-22.922.9
    35-4426.4-22.022.0
    45-5418.3-21.621.6
    55-594.8-9.09.0
    60-642.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.0-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationArboristsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree5.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma14.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV53.2-21.121.1
    Year 129.3-18.118.1
    Year 114.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below11.5-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III or IV in arboriculture is needed to work as an Arborist.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • driver's licence
    • Psychometric or aptitude tests

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for Gardeners who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      58% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      52% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    3. Biology

      48% Skill level

      Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

    4. Transportation

      46% Skill level

      Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

    5. Education and Training

      44% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

      99% Important

      How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

    2. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

      98% Important

      How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

    3. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      97% Important

      How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

    4. Face-to-Face Discussions

      97% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    5. Exposed to Hazardous Equipment

      95% Important

      How often do you work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic?

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