As an arborist, you are responsible for all trees in the region where you live. Most of your time is spent working on tree management policies, tree planting projects and sometimes supervising staff to maintain trees located on private or public property.

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What the job looks like
Salary expectation
starts at $51,000 up to $124,000
The good
  • Getting outside and inspecting trees in the street, parks or private property
  • Educating people about the benefits of trees
  • Caring for old trees and watching young trees grow
The not so good
  • Lots of time is spent in the office
  • Dealing with complaints

As an arborist you may find yourself using a range of equipment from chainsaws to excavators. You might occasionally manage hazards such as trees close to power lines or moving tree debris after a storm.

Your role will also involve dealing with your local council and residents to sort out disputes so you will need to be a confident writer with great communication skills.

Good maths skills will help with time management and being able to provide accurate quotes for projects or inspections. English will also help with the administration side of your role such as typing up emails and reports.

If you are comfortable working with heights and enjoy being part of a team, then a career as an arborist could be for you.

I get to look after all these beautiful trees and I’m planning for the future.


Pathways to this career

Subject suggestions for the HSC

Choosing your HSC subjects from this list could really help with your career. Think carefully about what you want to study after school as you might need to choose specific HSC subjects for that course and to count towards your ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank). An ATAR is your academic rank in relation to other HSC students and helps with University admission.

HSC subjects 

Some subjects will count towards your ATAR, others will not. Check with your career advisor before making subject selections.

What can I do after I have finished school?

Courses and qualifications 

Courses and qualifications can give you a great start.


Check out Arboriculture Australia for more information

  • Volunteer for bush regeneration in your local area
  • Do work experience with a horticulturist or landscape architect to learn more about the industry and where you might like to specialise
  • Look into organisations that might take you on as a trainee, or talk to your career advisor for more options