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Career Profile: Landscape Architects

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.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 23,700 people employed as landscape architects in the United States. The median annual salary is $70,600. Entry level employees earn approximately $42,500 per year and senior employees earn approximately $115,660 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Prepare graphic representations or drawings of proposed plans or designs.
  • Confer with clients, engineering personnel, or architects on landscape projects.
  • Integrate existing land features or landscaping into designs.
  • Inspect landscape work to ensure compliance with specifications, evaluate quality of materials or work, or advise clients or construction personnel.
  • Analyze data on conditions such as site location, drainage, or structure location for environmental reports or landscaping plans.
  • Develop marketing materials, proposals, or presentations to generate new work opportunities.
  • Manage the work of subcontractors to ensure quality control.
  • Present project plans or designs to public stakeholders, such as government agencies or community groups.
  • Prepare site plans, specifications, or cost estimates for land development.
  • Identify and select appropriate sustainable materials for use in landscape designs, such as recycled wood or recycled concrete boards for structural elements or recycled tires for playground bedding.
  • Create landscapes that minimize water consumption such as by incorporating drought-resistant grasses or indigenous plants.
  • Develop planting plans to help clients garden productively or to achieve particular aesthetic effects.
  • Collaborate with estimators to cost projects, create project plans, or coordinate bids from landscaping contractors.
  • Inspect proposed sites to identify structural elements of land areas or other important site information, such as soil condition, existing landscaping, or the proximity of water management facilities.
  • Collaborate with architects or related professionals on whole building design to maximize the aesthetic features of structures or surrounding land and to improve energy efficiency.
  • Prepare conceptual drawings, graphics, or other visual representations of land areas to show predicted growth or development of land areas over time.
  • Design and integrate rainwater harvesting or gray and reclaimed water systems to conserve water into building or land designs.
  • Research latest products, technology, or design trends to stay current in the field.
  • Provide follow-up consultations for clients to ensure landscape designs are maturing or developing as planned.

Career List

Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
23,700
Annual Openings:
1,600
Increase in Openings by 2030:
0%
Annual Salary Range:
$42,500 - $115,660
Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree