Landscape Architect

Quick Facts: Landscape Architects
2012 Median Pay $64,180 per year
$30.86 per hour
Entry-Level Education Bachelor’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training Internship/residency
Number of Jobs, 2012 20,100
Job Outlook, 2012-22 14% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2012-22 2,900

What Landscape Architects Do

Landscape architects plan and design land areas for parks, recreational facilities, private homes, campuses, and other open spaces.

Work Environment

Landscape architects spend much of their time in offices, creating plans and designs, preparing models and cost estimates, doing research, and attending meetings with clients and workers involved in designing or planning a project. They spend the rest of their worktime at jobsites.

How to Become a Landscape Architect

Most states require landscape architects to be licensed. Licensing requirements vary by state, but usually include a degree in landscape architecture from an accredited school, internship experience, and passing the Landscape Architect Registration Exam.


The median annual wage for landscape architects was $64,180 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of landscape architects is projected to grow 14 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Planning and development of new commercial, industrial, and residential construction projects and redevelopment of existing landscapes will drive employment growth.


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