Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 37-3013 Tree Trimmers and Pruners
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, pruning hooks, sheers, and clippers. May use truck-mounted lifts and power pruners. May fill cavities in trees to promote healing and prevent deterioration. Exclude workers who primarily perform duties of "Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation" (37-3012) and "Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers" (37-3011).
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Supervise others engaged in tree trimming work and train lower-level employees. Operate boom trucks, loaders, stump chippers, brush chippers, tractors, power saws, trucks, sprayers, and other equipment and tools. Climb trees, using climbing hooks and belts, or climb ladders to gain access to work areas. Clean, sharpen, and lubricate tools and equipment. Cut away dead and excess branches from trees, or clear branches around power lines, using climbing equipment or buckets of extended truck booms, or chainsaws, hooks, handsaws, shears, and clippers. Trim, top, and reshape trees to achieve attractive shapes or to remove low-hanging branches. Prune, cut down, fertilize, and spray trees as directed by tree surgeons. Hoist tools and equipment to tree trimmers, and lower branches with ropes or block and tackle. Operate shredding and chipping equipment, and feed limbs and brush into the machines. Load debris and refuse onto trucks and haul it away for disposal. Inspect trees to determine if they have diseases or pest problems. Cable, brace, tie, bolt, stake, and guy trees and branches to provide support. Collect debris and refuse from tree trimming and removal operations into piles, using shovels, rakes or other tools. Provide information to the public regarding trees, such as advice on tree care. Clear sites, streets, and grounds of woody and herbaceous materials, such as tree stumps and fallen trees and limbs. Remove broken limbs from wires, using hooked extension poles. Trim jagged stumps, using saws or pruning shears. Transplant and remove trees and shrubs, and prepare trees for moving.
License: This applicant should contact the State Department of Agriculture & Industries, or visit the Board’s website, for application procedures and Board approved forms. The Board’s website holds the current year’s examination schedule. Examination Fee: $75.00 Annual Professional Services Permit Fee: $175.00
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $13.68   Entry $28,458.00
Mean $19.82   Mean $41,216.00
Experience $22.88 Experience $47,589.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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