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Landscape Architecture. A Career Guide Into. Significant Points. More than 26 percent of all landscape architects are self employed. A bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture is the minimum required for entry-level jobs.

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Landscape Architecture

A Career Guide Into

Significant points
Significant Points

  • More than 26 percent of all landscape architects are self employed.

  • A bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture is the minimum required for entry-level jobs.

  • Landscape architect jobs are expected to increase due to a growing demand for incorporating natural elements into man-made environments.

Nature of the work
Nature Of The Work

  • Design areas that are functional, beautiful, and compatible with the natural environment.

  • Help determine the best arrangements of roads and buildings.

  • Collaborate with to other professionals to find best way to conserve or restore natural resources.

Communication skills
Communication Skills

  • Mediation and Negotiation.

  • Team Building.

  • Technical Writing.

  • Project and Draft Presentation.

  • Dispute Resolution.

Interpersonal relationships
Interpersonal Relationships

  • High level of social contact.

  • Working closely with clients, experts, and office staff.

  • Often work as a group or as a part of a team.

  • Communicate by phone, letters, memos, and in person on a daily basis.

  • Are moderately responsible for the results of work done by others.

Technical skills
Technical Skills

  • Architectural construction methods.

  • Preservation and compliance.

  • Working knowledge of landscape preservation materials and processes.

  • Basic construction cost estimating.

  • Construction management.

  • Technical reporting.

Work activities
Work Activities

  • Observe and gather information about a site, such as lighting, water flow, and surrounding buildings.

  • Create the design, considering how the area will be used.

  • Discuss project with architects, engineers, and environmental scientists.

  • Use Computer Aided Design (CAD) for many stages of design and drawing.

  • Use Geographic Information System (GIS) on larger jobs to gather information.

Common tasks
Common Tasks

  • Make decisions and solve problems.

  • Think creatively.

  • Provide information about devices, equipment, or structures.

  • Organize, plan, and prioritize work.

  • Schedule work and activities.

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Common Tasks

  • Monitor events, materials, and surroundings.

  • Evaluate information against standards.

  • Judge the value of objects, services, or people.

  • Inspect equipment, structures, or materials.

  • Identify objects, actions, and events.

Physical working conditions
Physical Working Conditions

  • Work both indoors and outdoors.

  • May on occasion be exposed to hot temperatures.

  • May be exposed to hazardous equipment.

  • May on occasion be exposed to hazardous situations.

Physical demands
Physical Demands

  • Sit for a long periods of time.

  • Speak clearly so listeners can understand.

  • See details of objects that are either less or more than a few feet away.

  • Determine the distance between colors, shades, and brightness.

  • Make quick, precise adjustments to machine controls.

Work performance
Work Performance

  • Must be exact in their work.

  • Make decisions that affect workers and clients on a daily basis.

  • Work in a highly competitive environment.

  • Abide by strict daily deadlines.

  • Work is always on display to the public, and can affect their company’s reputation.

  • Many rely on reputation and word of mouth to attract new clients.

Hours and travel
Hours and Travel

  • Usually work regular hours during the off season.

  • May work overtime during the warm season to meet project deadlines.

  • May work evenings of weekends to meet with clients.

  • Often travel to work sites in a company car, van, or truck.

  • May travel to sites outside the local area.

Knowledge skills and abilities
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Possession of at a minimum a bachelors degree or equivalent qualifying experience.

  • Experience in civil, electrical, mechanical, architectural engineering, architecture or landscape architecture.

  • Ability to hold and maintain a valid state drivers license in required categories necessary to operate government vehicles and equipment assigned.

  • Ability to apply basic professional knowledge to design of entry level complexity and construction management.

Leadership and management skills
Leadership and Management Skills

  • Program and budget formulation.

  • Project management.

  • Creative problem solving.

Employment opportunities
Employment Opportunities

  • Landscape architects held about 25,000 jobs in 2004.

  • 6 out of 10 workers were employed in firms that provide architectural, landscape architectural, engineering, and landscaping services.

  • State and local governments were the next largest employers.

  • About 1 out of 4 landscape architects was self-employed.

Job outlook
Job Outlook

  • Employment is expected to increase faster than average through the year 2014.

  • The need to replace architects who retire or leave the labor force will produce additional jobs.

  • Employment will grow because of the expertise of landscape architects.

  • The development of new residential, commercial, and other types of construction to meet the needs of a growing population will continue to produce in this field.


  • Median annual earnings are $53,000.

  • The middle 50 percent earned between $41,000 and $71,000.

  • The lowest 10 percent earned less then $32,000.

  • The highest 10 percent earned over $91,000.

  • The average annual salary for all landscape architects in the Federal Government in all positions was $75,000.

Related occupations
Related Occupations

  • Architects.

  • Surveyors.

  • Cartographers.

  • Surveying Technicians.

  • Civil Engineers.

  • Urban and Regional Planners.

Final thoughts
Final Thoughts

Everyone enjoys attractively designed residential areas, public parks, playgrounds, college campuses, shopping centers, golf courses, parkways, and industrial areas. As a landscape architects, you will help to design areas so they are not just functional, but also beautiful, and compatible with the natural environment.


  • Produced By: Hendrix Bradford

  • Created By: Hendrix Bradford

  • Executive Producer: Hendrix Bradford

  • Project Advisor: John D. Story

  • Project Advisor: Dianne Phillips

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