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How to Become a Landscape Construction Project Manager

Learn how to become a landscape construction project manager. Research the job description and the education and certification requirements, and learn about the experience you need to advance your career in landscape construction project management. View article »

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Landscape Construction Manager

Landscape construction involves planting, building, or enhancing parks and other open spaces. Workers plant trees, shrubs, and grasses, in addition to constructing decorative walls, patios, and pathways. Landscape construction project managers direct the activities of personnel who perform these tasks, as well as maintain schedules and track expenses.

Most landscape construction managers work on a full-time basis. Many will need to work long hours, especially as project deadlines approach. Much of the planning for sites is done in an office setting, but landscape construction managers will also travel frequently to job sites as projects are underway.

Career Requirements

Degree Level Associate's degree, though more employers are beginning to require bachelor's degrees
Degree Field Construction management, construction technology, construction engineering
Certification Not required, but helps demonstrate knowledge and ability
Experience Varies, but can be gained via internships or long-term employment in the industry and can be substituted for education in some cases
Key Skills Good decision-making and managerial skills, communication skills and time management skills, knowledge of construction methods and technology, ability to read blueprints and plans
Salary $49,081 per year (Median salary from 2016 for landscaping project managers)

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Payscale.com

Landscape construction project managers typically have associate's or bachelor's degrees in construction management, construction technology, or construction engineering.

They are expected to have good decision-making, managerial, communication, and time-management skills, as well as knowledge of construction methods and technology. They should also be able to read blueprints and plans.

According to PayScale.com, the median annual salary for landscaping project managers, which include landscape construction project managers, was $49,081 in 2016.

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Be a Landscape Construction Manager

What steps do I need to take to be a landscape construction project manager?

Step 1: Gain Experience as a Landscape Construction Worker

Although postsecondary education may be required for some management positions, gaining experience by working in the landscape construction field can also lead to a position as a landscape construction manager. Independent contractors, school districts, commercial real estate companies and government organizations are all examples of employers who hire landscape construction workers. While formal training isn't required to become a landscape worker, a familiarity with landscaping tools and the ability to follow directions is essential.

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  • Develop construction skills. Those interested in landscape construction careers can benefit from taking advantage of the opportunities presented by entry-level positions in the field to improve their strength, coordination and manual dexterity. Critical thinking, time management and mechanical skills can also be developed while working in non-management positions.

Step 2: Complete Postsecondary Education

Those interested in obtaining management positions are likely to benefit from completing a postsecondary school program in landscape construction that can help them advance towards the position of project manager. Options include associate's degree programs in landscape construction and design.

At the baccalaureate level, schools might also offer a minor degree program in landscape construction, which could be paired either with a management major or a landscape architecture major.

Step 3: Earn Certification

Although not required, there are certifications offered by professional organizations, such as the Project Management Institute (PMI), that can increase a candidate's job prospects and advancement opportunities. For example, a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) designation can help those with little or no experience in project management appeal to a potential employer, while a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification can help enhance a candidate's existing skills in the field. In addition, professional certifications indicate to employers a specific level of expertise and dedication.

Landscape construction project managers handle the personnel, schedules and expenses involved in planting, building or enhancing outdoor spaces. They usually have college degrees and are expected to have professional expertise in time management and construction projects. And, they earn a median annual salary of $49,081.

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