There are currently an estimated 54,500 arborists in the United States. The arborist job market is expected to grow by 11.7% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are arborists?

CareerExplorer rates arborists with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 13,500 arborists. That number is based on 6,400 additional arborists, and the retirement of 7,100 existing arborists.

What’s the supply of arborists?

The arborist industry is concentrated in California, Texas, Florida

Arborist job market by state

State Name Employed Arborists
California 5,830
Texas 4,010
Florida 2,910
Pennsylvania 2,750
North Carolina 2,020
Maryland 1,770
Michigan 1,510
New York 1,160
Massachusetts 1,150
Missouri 1,090
Oklahoma 990
Georgia 930
Tennessee 910
Ohio 900
Kentucky 810
Oregon 810
Connecticut 610
South Carolina 590
Minnesota 550
Washington 540
New Hampshire 500
Wisconsin 480
Maine 460
Indiana 440
Illinois 370
Iowa 340
Hawaii 340
Arkansas 330
Arizona 330
Vermont 320
Alabama 300
Mississippi 260
Puerto Rico 250
West Virginia 250
South Dakota 230
Louisiana 230
Alaska 190
Nevada 170
Rhode Island 90
Montana 60