People need to see a doctor when they are sick, and so do trees that suffer from diseases. Arborists, otherwise known as tree doctors, are mainly responsible for planting, studying and overseeing a single unit of tree, bush or other plants rather than an entire forest or a large number of trees, so as to ensure the plant's safety and health.
Those who intend to become a certified arborist are required to obtain relevant qualification from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Despite its small area, Hong Kong has plenty of trees that need to be taken care of. However, there are fewer than forty ISA-licensed arborists in the region. Furthermore, industry insiders said that youngsters nowadays are afraid of toilsome jobs, so there is a shortage of young talents as most arborists are between 40 and 50 years of age.
Arborists may have to work harder than office workers, but their salaries are quite attractive. An arborist with S3 qualification or above will be offered a starting monthly salary of HK$15,000-20,000 for working eight hours a day, five to five-and-a-half days a week. It’s worth a try for those who are interested in becoming a tree doctor.Interested in this industry?
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