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Landscape Architects

Landscape architects create attractive and useful outdoor environments. They often use natural elements including trees, land and bushes to create attractive environments for highways, buildings, parks, shopping centers, residential areas and other settings. Landscape architects create small residential landscapes and large public landscapes. Some landscape architects are involved with industrial projects and design attractive landscapes for factories. Some common job titles are land planner, golf course architect and landscape designer.

Sometimes several landscape architects work together on a landscaping project. They collaborate with surveyors, building architects and engineers to determine the best arrangements of buildings and roads. They may oversee drafters and trainees. Some landscape architects have a specialty such as waterfront improvement or street and highway beautification. Some of these architects design and plan for the restoration of natural locations disturbed by humans including stream corridors, wetlands, forested areas and mined areas.

While planning a project, they take into consideration the purpose of the project and the amount of funds available. They evaluate the natural elements of the setting and evaluate the existing roads, walkways, buildings and utilities to figure out the necessary improvements. They also evaluate the impact the project will have on the local ecosystem. In addition, landscape architects need to follow government regulations.

A landscape architect creates a preliminary design which takes into consideration the desires and needs of the client and the conditions at the project site. They develop detailed drawings of the entire location which includes current and new features. Creating drawings of specific features of the project is also part of the job. The drawings are often developed by landscape architects with the use of computer-aided design (CAD).

Responsibilities

  • Make recommendations on the proper use of the land
  • Confer with clients about the project
  • Make maps of the area that show the locations of trees and buildings
  • Develop detailed drawings of the entire site which include current and new features
  • Submit working drawings and lists to contractors for bids
  • Develop drawing of specific features of the plan
  • Perform topographic surveys
  • Evaluate the makeup of the soil and its exposure to the sun and wind
  • Create sketches of proposed plans and submit to client
  • Make modifications to plans

Job Characteristics

They work in an office while planning projects. Once the project is initiated, they spend a lot of time at the site. They also visit the project site during the designing stages to ensure that the landscape design can be incorporated into the site. They typically work 40 hours a week, however they may work additional hours to meet deadlines.

Landscape architects should be creative and artistic. Strong analytical skills are important in the occupation. They also need good written and oral communications skills.

Employment Outlook

The employment of landscape architects is forecasted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to grow by 20 percent during the 2008 to 2018 timeframe which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The increased demand for sustainably designed construction projects and environmental concerns will increase the demand for landscape architects. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics about 21 percent of landscape architects were self-employed in 2008. In addition, the median annual earnings for landscape architects in 2008 was $58,960.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

In most states, landscape architects need to be licensed. Requirements vary by state, however they typically require landscape architects to have a landscape architecture degree from an accredited school, work experience along with passing the Landscape Architect Registration Exam (LARE). Most states offer those that don't have an accredited landscape architecture degree an alternative path for qualifying to take the LARE. The alternative path usually requires more work experience.

In some states, landscape architects have to pass a state examination along with passing the LARE. The majority of states require landscape architects to be involved in some type of continuing education in order to maintain a license.

The design studio is a vital component of any landscape architecture program. Students gain experience by working on real projects. They gain knowledge and skills regarding computer-aided design (CAD), geographic information systems, model building and video simulation while working on their projects. In addition, a summer internship with a landscape architecture company while going to school can be very beneficial.

Two undergraduate degrees that are available are the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and the Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. Numerous colleges and universities offer landscape architecture programs that have received accreditation from the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Some landscape architects have earned a master's degree in landscape architecture. People that have earned a bachelor's degree in a subject other than landscape architecture can enroll in a Master of Landscape Architecture graduate degree program. In addition, those that meet national requirements can acquire certification from the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards.

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Major Employers

The top employers are architectural firms, landscaping services companies, engineering firms, local government agencies, and federal government agencies.

Schools for Landscape Architects are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Landscape Architects

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Landscape Architects jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 260 $54,410
Mesa 260 $54,410
Phoenix 260 $54,410
Tucson -2222 $60,390
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway -2222 $48,190
North Little Rock -2222 $48,190
Little Rock -2222 $48,190
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 1170 $70,500
Los Angeles 1170 $70,500
Anaheim 1170 $70,500
Oakland 590 $68,180
Hayward 590 $68,180
San Francisco 590 $68,180
Carlsbad 240 $93,510
San Diego 240 $93,510
San Bernardino 140 $64,770
Ontario 140 $64,770
Riverside 140 $64,770
Arcade 130 $92,670
Arden 130 $92,670
Sacramento 130 $92,670
Roseville 130 $92,670
Sunnyvale 110 $91,650
Santa Clara 110 $91,650
San Jose 110 $91,650
Arroyo Grande 70 $108,190
Paso Robles 70 $108,190
San Luis Obispo 70 $108,190
Fresno 50 $108,180
Watsonville 40 $55,070
Santa Cruz 40 $55,070
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 160 $89,100
Aurora 160 $89,100
Denver 160 $89,100
Fort Collins -2222 $67,790
Colorado Springs -2222 $71,140
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bridgeport 90 $89,010
Norwalk 90 $89,010
Stamford 90 $89,010
East Hartford 60 $72,100
Hartford 60 $72,100
West Hartford 60 $72,100
New Haven 40 $77,440
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 670 $57,410
Fort Lauderdale 670 $57,410
West Palm Beach 670 $57,410
Tampa 100 $41,500
Clearwater 100 $41,500
St. Petersburg 100 $41,500
Crestview 40 $71,790
Fort Walton Beach 40 $71,790
Destin 40 $71,790
Cape Coral -2222 $51,820
Fort Myers -2222 $51,820
Sanford -2222 $59,810
Kissimmee -2222 $59,810
Orlando -2222 $59,810
Jacksonville -2222 $75,100
Ormond Beach -2222 $91,870
Deltona -2222 $91,870
Daytona Beach -2222 $91,870
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 810 $72,900
Sandy Springs 810 $72,900
Atlanta 810 $72,900
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 60 $39,210
Carmel 60 $39,210
Indianapolis 60 $39,210
Fort Wayne -2222 $44,790
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 110 $45,570
Des Moines 110 $45,570
Ames -2222 $36,500
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 30 $57,700
Lexington 30 $57,700
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 110 $30,910
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland -2222 $57,880
Portland -2222 $57,880
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 240 $61,750
Columbia 240 $61,750
Baltimore 240 $61,750
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 100 $-1,111
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Detroit 180 $69,820
Dearborn 180 $69,820
Warren 180 $69,820
Portage 60 $51,040
Kalamazoo 60 $51,040
Grand Rapids 40 $48,080
Wyoming 40 $48,080
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque -2222 $29,820
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany 150 $44,010
Troy 150 $44,010
Schenectady 150 $44,010
Syracuse 80 $61,320
Rochester -2222 $68,410
Buffalo -2222 $81,460
Cheektowaga -2222 $81,460
Niagara Falls -2222 $81,460
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 100 $67,820
Asheville -2222 $62,580
Durham -2222 $66,630
Chapel Hill -2222 $66,630
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 380 $55,140
Elyria 380 $55,140
Columbus -2222 $57,640
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 80 $39,320
Tulsa -2222 $58,080
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lancaster 70 $73,630
York 30 $58,010
Hanover 30 $58,010
Pittsburgh -2222 $50,170
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
North Charleston 110 $48,860
Charleston 110 $48,860
Columbia -2222 $35,680
Mauldin -2222 $56,370
Anderson -2222 $56,370
Greenville -2222 $56,370
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 90 $61,100
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Knoxville 60 $97,330
Franklin -2222 $76,020
Murfreesboro -2222 $76,020
Davidson -2222 $76,020
Nashville -2222 $76,020
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Austin 470 $72,680
Round Rock 470 $72,680
Fort Worth 440 $50,740
Arlington 440 $50,740
Dallas 440 $50,740
Sugar Land 380 $61,510
The Woodlands 380 $61,510
Houston 380 $61,510
New Braunfels 70 $36,810
San Antonio 70 $36,810
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 110 $60,540
Orem -2222 $47,230
Provo -2222 $47,230
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington -2222 $62,270
Burlington -2222 $62,270
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond -2222 $61,820
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 660 $75,260
Tacoma 660 $75,260
Seattle 660 $75,260
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Madison 210 $50,900
West Allis 200 $49,260
Milwaukee 200 $49,260
Waukesha 200 $49,260

Most Popular Industries for :
Landscape Architects

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Professional And Technical Services 13,930 66% $59,710
Office Services And Staffing 3,380 16% $47,970
Government 1,950 9% $73,900
Hardware And Garden Stores 510 2% $48,860
Real Estate 340 1% $55,650
Civil Engineering 340 1% N/A
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