Tree Trimmers and Pruners

General Information

Description

Using sophisticated climbing and rigging techniques, cut away dead or excess branches from trees or shrubs to maintain right-of-way for roads, sidewalks, or utilities, or to improve appearance, health, and value of tree. Prune or treat trees or shrubs using handsaws, hand pruners, clippers, and power pruners. Works off the ground in the tree canopy and may use truck-mounted lifts.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit68.73%
  2. Self-employed23.66%
  3. State and local government3.58%
  4. Private, not for profit3.01%
  5. Federal government0.44%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Overall employment of grounds maintenance workers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 173,200 openings for grounds maintenance workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$41,340

State-by-state Salary

Gray states indicate no data available

$60,620
$30,120
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Less than high school 56%
  • High school 37%
  • Some college 3%
  • Post-secondary certificate 2%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Mechanical
  • Education and Training
  • Transportation
  • Public Safety and Security

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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