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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.
common tasks1
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.

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  • Created By: Hendrix Bradford
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  • Project Advisor: Dianne Phillips

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