Utility Arborist/Forester

What do they do? Manage trees near utility lines.

Description: The management of trees growing near overhead utility lines can be a rewarding career for people who love the outdoors and enjoy physically challenging work. Utility arborists are called on to provide regular maintenance of trees, including pruning and removing or replacing inappropriate tree species near power lines. They spend most of their time in the field working directly with trees but also provide the front-line education of homeowners and others whose trees are affected by power line clearance issues. They also must have a strong knowledge of tree species and be able to educate the public in choosing appropriate species for planting near power lines.

Education: Four-year degree plus experience.

Salary: Apprentice climbers start at about $10 per hour. Foremen can earn up to $15 per hour.