Landscape Architects

General Information

Description

Plan and design land areas for projects such as parks and other recreational facilities, airports, highways, hospitals, schools, land subdivisions, and commercial, industrial, and residential sites.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit68.51%
  2. Self-employed23.83%
  3. State and local government4.39%
  4. Federal government1.75%
  5. Private, not for profit1.44%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
  • Services to Buildings and Dwellings
  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)

Job Outlook

Employment of landscape architects is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The need for planning and developing new and existing landscapes for commercial, industrial, and residential construction projects is expected to drive employment growth. In addition, environmental concerns and increased demand for sustainably designed buildings and open spaces should spur demand for the services of landscape architects. For example, landscape architects are involved in the design of green roofs, which are covered with vegetation and help reduce air and water pollution, as well as reduce the costs of heating and cooling a building. Landscape architects are also expected to be needed to design plans to manage storm-water runoff in order to conserve water resources and avoid polluting waterways. This is especially useful in areas prone to drought.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$78,880

State-by-state Salary

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$94,800
$38,420
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 82%
  • First professional degree 7%
  • Some college 3%
  • Master's degree 3%
  • Post baccalaureate 3%
  • High school 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Design
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Building and Construction
  • English Language
  • Engineering and Technology

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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