Landscape Architects


Overview

Introduction

Landscape architects plan and design areas such as housing communities, college campuses, gardens, public parks and playgrounds, shopping centers, golf courses, recreation facilities, and nature conservation and restoration areas. They work to balance beauty and function in developed outdoor areas. There are approximately 23,500 landscape architects employed in the United States.

Quick Facts


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Median Salary

$68,230

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

One to four years' experience as an architect for licensing


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Skills

Business Management


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Personality Traits

Artistic

Earnings

Salaries for landscape architects vary depending on the employer, work experience, location, and whether they are paid a straight salary or earn a percentage of a firm's profits.

According to May 2018 data from the U.S. Department of Labor, the median annual salary for landscape architects was $68,230. The lowest paid 10 percent earned less than $40,710 and the highest paid 10 percent ea...

Work Environment

Landscape architects spend much of their time in the field gathering information at the worksite. They also spend time in the office, drafting plans and designs. Those working for larger organizations may have to travel further away to worksites.

Work hours are generally regular, except during periods of increased business or when nearing a project deadline. Hours vary for self-employed ...

Outlook

Employment for landscape architects is expected to increase about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2028, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Although job opportunities are expected to be good, there will be strong competition for employment at top firms. The increase in demand for landscape architects is a result of several factors: growth of new construct...

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