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Career and Education Opportunities for Tree Trimmers in Phoenix, Arizona

Tree trimmers can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Phoenix, Arizona area. The national trend for tree trimmers sees this job pool growing by about 26.3% over the next eight years. Tree trimmers generally 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.

The income of a tree trimmer is about $13 hourly or $27,450 annually on average in Arizona. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $14 per hour or $29,970 annually on average. Incomes for tree trimmers are better than in the overall category of Landscaping and Groundskeeping in Arizona, and better than the overall Landscaping and Groundskeeping category nationally.

There is one school within twenty-five miles of Phoenix where you can study to be a tree trimmer, among seventy-six schools of higher education total in the Phoenix area. Given that the most common education level for tree trimmers is a high school diploma or GED, you can expect to spend only a short time studying to be a tree trimmer if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Tree Trimmer

Tree Trimmer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, tree trimmers 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. They also prune or treat trees or shrubs using handsaws, pruning hooks, and clippers.

Tree trimmers clean and lubricate tools and machinery. They also operate shredding and chipping machinery, and feed limbs and brush into the machines. Equally important, tree trimmers have to operate boom trucks and other machinery and tools. They are often called upon to cut away dead and excess branches from trees, or clear branches around power lines, using climbing machinery or buckets of extended truck booms, and/or chainsaws and clippers. They are expected to hoist tools and machinery to tree trimmers, and lower branches with ropes or block and tackle. Finally, tree trimmers climb trees, using climbing hooks and belts, or climb ladders to get access to work sites.

Every day, tree trimmers are expected to be able to twist and stretch their arms and legs to get work done. They need to respond quickly in general. It is also important that they maintain precise control of objects and devices through a range of movements.

It is important for tree trimmers to furnish data to the public regarding trees. They are often called upon to prune and spray trees as directed by tree surgeons. They also clear away broken limbs from wires, using hooked extension poles. They are sometimes expected to transplant and clear away trees and shrubs, and ready trees for moving. Somewhat less frequently, tree trimmers are also expected to formulate and design budgets for tree work, and estimate the monetary value of trees.

They also have to be able to trim and reshape trees to attain attractive shapes or to clear away low-hanging branches And finally, they sometimes have to collect debris and refuse from tree trimming and removal operations into piles, using shovels, rakes or other tools.

Like many other jobs, tree trimmers must be thorough and dependable and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Phoenix include:

  • Exterminator. Spray or release chemical solutions or toxic gases and set traps to kill pests and vermin, such as mice, termites, and roaches, that infest buildings and surrounding areas.
  • Grounds Keeper. Landscape or maintain grounds of property using hand or power tools or equipment. Workers typically perform a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of the following: sod laying, mowing, and installation of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units.
  • Integrated Pest Management Technician. Mix or apply pesticides, herbicides, or insecticides through sprays, dusts, vapors, soil incorporation or chemical application on trees, shrubs, or botanical crops. Usually requires specific training and State or Federal certification.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Tree Trimmer Training

Mesa Community College - Mesa, AZ

Mesa Community College, 1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202. Mesa Community College is a large college located in Mesa, Arizona. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 23,825 students. Mesa Community College has an associate's degree program in Applied Horticulture/Horicultural Business Services, Other Specialties which graduated six students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Arborist / Municipal Specialist: This credential was developed by the ISA and the Society of Municipal Arboriculture for those involved in managing the complex aspect of trees in an urban environment.

For more information, see the International Society of Arboriculture website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona photo by Urban

Phoenix is located in Maricopa County, Arizona. It has a population of over 1,567,924, which has grown by 18.7% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Phoenix, 93, is below the national average. New single-family homes in Phoenix cost $218,200 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, 2,176 new homes were built in Phoenix, down from 6,560 the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Phoenix are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, administrative and support and waste management services, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 26 minutes. More than 22.7% of Phoenix residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.6%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Phoenix is 10.0%, which is greater than Arizona's average of 9.3%.

The percentage of Phoenix residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 39.7%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. San Francisco Xavier and Good Shepherd Convent are among the churches located in Phoenix. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Southern Baptist Convention.

Phoenix is home to the Arizona Highway Patrol Headquarters and the Gila Valley Lookout as well as Indian Bend Park and Stephen Park. Shopping centers in the area include Alta Vista Shopping Center, Arcadia Plaza Shopping Center and Arcadia Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Phoenix can choose from Four Seasons Limousine LLC, Maricopa Manor B&B Inn and Motel 6 for temporary stays in the area.