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Landscaping Architect: Employment Info & Career Requirements

Learn about a career as a landscaping architect. Read the job description, education requirements, salary and employment outlook to decide if this is the right career for you.

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Career Definition of a Landscape Architect

Landscaping architects work with contractors, designers and owners to create plans for building sites and the surrounding areas. Landscaping architects help to design sites like public parks, golf courses, parkways, college campuses, shopping centers and playgrounds. Common duties of landscaping architects include using computer-aided design (CAD) software, using geographic information systems (GIS), creating models, consulting with contractors, meeting with clients and visiting sites.

Education Bachelor's degree in landscape architecture, plus licensing
Job Skills Physical fitness, good interpersonal skills, and ability to work with a team
Median Salary (2015)* $63,810
Job Outlook (2014-2024)* 5% growth in number of jobs

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Education Requirements

To become a landscaping architect, you'll need at least a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture or another relevant field. Common courses in a 4-year bachelor's degree program that will help prepare you for a career in landscape architecture include construction techniques, art, history, design and natural and social sciences. Fifty states require landscaping architects to be licensed or certified by passing the Landscape Architect Registration Examination; some states may have an additional state level exam.

Required Skills

To succeed as a landscaping architect, you should enjoy working in nature and with your hands; being in good general health is also helpful. Because landscaping architects often work as part of a team, strong communication and interpersonal skills are critical for a successful career.

Employment and Salary Outlook

The employment outlook for landscape architecture is about as fast as average; the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projected that employment in this field will increase by 5% from 2014-2024. The median annual salary for landscape architects in 2015 was $63,810.

Alternate Career Options

Other career options in this field include:

Civil Engineer

These engineers earn bachelor's degrees in civil engineering or a specialty area before they're able to get licensed. In this profession, they design and construct roads, airports, building, dams and bridges, in addition to water supply and sewage treatment systems. Fast as average employment growth of 8% from 2014-2024 was predicted by the BLS. As of 2015, these engineers earned a median annual wage of $82,220, the BLS reported.

Surveyor

Surveyors measure to find the boundaries of properties, in addition to providing data for mapmaking, engineering and construction projects. A bachelor's degree and licensing is required for this career, and the number of jobs was expected to decrease by a rate of 2% during the 2014-2024 decade, according to the BLS. A median salary of $58,020 per year was reported in 2015 by the BLS.

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