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.
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.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Gardeners, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 82% of people employed as Arborists work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 16 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 44 hours per week in their main job. This is the same as the all jobs average.
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Arborists work in the Administrative and support services industry. They are also employed in industries like:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Arborists||All Jobs Average|
Around 53% of Arborists live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Arborists is 36 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 3% of the workforce. This is 45 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Arborists||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||1.0||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Extensive experience or a certificate III or IV in arboriculture is needed to work as an Arborist.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Arborists||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||1.3||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||11.5||12.5|
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.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Gardeners who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
46%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
45%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Teaching people how to do something.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
41%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
41%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
39%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
39%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Reading work related information.
Talking to others.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Looking for ways to help people.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
52%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
44%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
41%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
39%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
34%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
30%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
29%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
29%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
24%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
16%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.
Lift, push, pull, or carry things.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Keep your balance or stay upright.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
See details that are far away.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
90%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
88%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
70%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
67%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
66%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
65%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
60%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
60%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
60%Working with mechanical equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
60%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
60%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
59%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
57%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
57%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
57%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
54%Coaching and developing others
Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.
51%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
50%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
50%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
99%Outdoors, exposed to weather
Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.
98%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
97%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.
93%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
92%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
90%Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings
Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.
Work with people in a group or team.
89%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
88%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
87%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
87%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
87%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
86%Work at heights
Work in high places (e.g., on poles, scaffolding, catwalks, or ladders).
85%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Work to strict deadlines.
85%Wear specialized protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
83%In an enclosed vehicle or equipment
Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).
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