Landscape Architects

Architecture & Construction > Design/Pre-Construction

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to 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.

Common job titles of Landscape Architects include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 82.14% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 7.14% said they needed a First Professional Degree.


    Confer with clients, engineering personnel, or architects on landscape projects.

    Integrate existing land features or landscaping into designs.

    Prepare site plans, specifications, or cost estimates for land development.

    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 graphic representations or drawings of proposed plans or designs.

    Collaborate with estimators to cost projects, create project plans, or coordinate bids from landscaping contractors.

    Develop planting plans to help clients garden productively or to achieve particular aesthetic effects.

    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.

    Research latest products, technology, or design trends to stay current in the field.

    Manage the work of subcontractors to ensure quality control.

    Inspect landscape work to ensure compliance with specifications, evaluate quality of materials or work, or advise clients or construction personnel.

    Develop marketing materials, proposals, or presentation to generate new work opportunities.

    Analyze data on conditions such as site location, drainage, or structure location for environmental reports or landscaping plans.

    Create landscapes that minimize water consumption such as by incorporating drought-resistant grasses or indigenous plants.

    Prepare conceptual drawings, graphics, or other visual representations of land areas to show predicted growth or development of land areas over time.

    Present project plans or designs to public stakeholders, such as government agencies or community groups.

    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.

    Provide follow-up consultations for clients to ensure landscape designs are maturing or developing as planned.

    Design and integrate rainwater harvesting or gray and reclaimed water systems to conserve water into building or land designs.


Personal computers

Laptop computers

Global positioning system GPS receivers

Digital cameras

Digital camcorders

Desktop computers

Computer scanners


Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D

Autodesk Revit

Bentley MicroStation

Coyote Software DynaSCAPE Design

All Technologies

ESRI ArcGIS software

Trimble SketchUp Pro

Adobe Systems Adobe FreeHand

Autodesk 3ds Max

Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite

McNeel Rhino software


Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Operations Analysis

Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Teaching others how to do something.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.


Using mathematics to solve problems.


Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

Cognitive Abilities › Spatial Abilities › Visualization

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Fluency of Ideas

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering

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