This occupation has a high probability of automation.

77.0% probability

of automation

10.7% growth

projected to 2026

54,500 employed

currently in the US

$37,310 annual wage

US, median ($17.94 hourly)

What they do

Using sophisticated climbing and rigging techniques, 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, hand pruners, clippers, and power pruners. Works off the ground in the tree canopy and may use truck-mounted lifts. Excludes workers who primarily perform duties of "Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation" (37-3012) and "Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers" (37-3011).

Risk of automation

This occupation is 77.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 421 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 54,500 people have this job. They earn $37,310 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $2,033,395,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $17.94.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 10.7% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 60,300 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).