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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.

Resources

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 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 180 $49,980
Mesa 180 $49,980
Phoenix 180 $49,980
Tucson N/A $59,270
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 1350 $70,020
Long Beach 1350 $70,020
Los Angeles 1350 $70,020
San Francisco 830 $70,410
Hayward 830 $70,410
Oakland 830 $70,410
Carlsbad 290 $81,890
San Diego 290 $81,890
Sacramento 100 $101,370
Roseville 100 $101,370
Arden 100 $101,370
Arcade 100 $101,370
Paso Robles 60 $94,610
Arroyo Grande 60 $94,610
San Luis Obispo 60 $94,610
Fresno 50 N/A
Santa Barbara N/A $49,940
Santa Maria N/A $49,940
San Bernardino N/A $62,970
Ontario N/A $62,970
Riverside N/A $62,970
Santa Cruz N/A $63,360
Watsonville N/A $63,360
Sunnyvale N/A $73,280
San Jose N/A $73,280
Santa Clara N/A $73,280
Santa Rosa N/A $86,060
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 320 $77,400
Aurora 320 $77,400
Denver 320 $77,400
Boulder N/A $65,850
Colorado Springs N/A $71,970
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 30 $70,380
East Hartford 30 $70,380
West Hartford 30 $70,380
Norwalk N/A $71,660
Bridgeport N/A $71,660
Stamford N/A $71,660
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
North Port 30 $60,610
Sarasota 30 $60,610
Bradenton 30 $60,610
West Palm Beach N/A $57,000
Miami N/A $57,000
Fort Lauderdale N/A $57,000
St. Petersburg N/A $68,930
Tampa N/A $68,930
Clearwater N/A $68,930
Sanford N/A $71,850
Kissimmee N/A $71,850
Orlando N/A $71,850
Ormond Beach N/A $90,410
Deltona N/A $90,410
Daytona Beach N/A $90,410
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 950 $70,090
Sandy Springs 950 $70,090
Atlanta 950 $70,090
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 160 N/A
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 100 $40,420
Carmel 100 $40,420
Indianapolis 100 $40,420
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 90 $49,420
Des Moines 90 $49,420
Ames N/A $37,160
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 50 $46,350
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 60 $59,470
Lexington 60 $59,470
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge N/A $35,450
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland N/A $54,950
Portland N/A $54,950
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 250 $59,820
Columbia 250 $59,820
Baltimore 250 $59,820
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 280 $63,790
Detroit 280 $63,790
Warren 280 $63,790
East Lansing 70 $71,550
Lansing 70 $71,550
Wyoming 40 $65,490
Grand Rapids 40 $65,490
Ann Arbor N/A $45,660
Portage N/A $52,890
Kalamazoo N/A $52,890
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson N/A $44,950
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 60 $71,450
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque N/A $29,260
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Syracuse 60 $61,560
Albany N/A $38,560
Troy N/A $38,560
Schenectady N/A $38,560
Rochester N/A $68,390
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Asheville 90 $71,570
Chapel Hill N/A $54,710
Durham N/A $54,710
Raleigh N/A $70,350
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 220 $57,760
Elyria 220 $57,760
Columbus N/A $56,970
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 160 $62,910
Tulsa 30 $65,230
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lancaster 60 $77,180
Carlisle 30 $76,200
Harrisburg 30 $76,200
Pittsburgh N/A $51,370
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Greenville N/A $57,120
Mauldin N/A $57,120
Anderson N/A $57,120
North Charleston N/A $58,740
Charleston N/A $58,740
Hilton Head Island N/A $60,040
Bluffton N/A $60,040
Beaufort N/A $60,040
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 60 $57,410
Rapid City N/A $66,670
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin N/A $71,920
Murfreesboro N/A $71,920
Davidson N/A $71,920
Nashville N/A $71,920
Knoxville N/A $88,520
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 460 $57,030
Dallas 460 $57,030
Fort Worth 460 $57,030
Austin 320 $57,900
Round Rock 320 $57,900
San Antonio 80 $35,410
New Braunfels 80 $35,410
Sugar Land N/A $63,000
Houston N/A $63,000
The Woodlands N/A $63,000
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Provo N/A $45,640
Orem N/A $45,640
Salt Lake City N/A $46,510
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington N/A $62,130
Burlington N/A $62,130
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 40 $64,530
Charlottesville N/A $56,830
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 960 $70,990
Tacoma 960 $70,990
Seattle 960 $70,990
Silverdale N/A $75,280
Bremerton N/A $75,280
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Madison 120 $50,400
West Allis N/A $55,540
Milwaukee N/A $55,540
Waukesha N/A $55,540

Most Popular Industries for :
Landscape Architects

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

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

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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