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Career and Education Opportunities for Tree Trimmers in Scottsdale, Arizona

If you want to be a tree trimmer, the Scottsdale, Arizona area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. The national trend for tree trimmers sees this job pool growing by about 26.3% over the next eight years. 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.

Tree trimmers earn approximately $13 hourly or $27,450 annually on average in Arizona. Nationally they average about $14 hourly or $29,970 annually. Compared with people working in the overall category of Landscaping and Groundskeeping, people working as tree trimmers in Arizona earn more. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Landscaping and Groundskeeping nationally.

There is one school within twenty-five miles of Scottsdale where you can study to be a tree trimmer, among seventy-six schools of higher education total in the Scottsdale area. The most common level of education for tree trimmers is a high school diploma or GED. You can expect to spend only a short time training to become 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 Scottsdale 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: Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona photo by Flyer84

Scottsdale is located in Maricopa County, Arizona. It has a population of over 235,371, which has grown by 16.1% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Scottsdale, 104, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Scottsdale are priced at $633,700 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, two hundred thirty-three new homes were constructed in Scottsdale, down from six hundred eighty-nine the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Scottsdale are health care, professional, scientific, and technical services, and educational services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, finance and insurance, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 24 minutes. More than 44.1% of Scottsdale residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 14.7%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Scottsdale is 6.4%, which is less than Arizona's average of 9.3%.

The percentage of Scottsdale residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 39.7%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Southern Baptist Convention.

Scottsdale is home to the Arabian Library and the McCormick Ranch Golf Course as well as Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt and McCormick Railroad Park. Shopping centers in the area include Los Arcos Mall, Park Scottsdale Shopping Center and Papago Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Scottsdale can choose from Hyatt Regency & Resorts - Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort, Doubletree Paradise Valley and Innsuites Hotel-Scottsdale for temporary stays in the area.