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Landscape Architects

Landscape Architects
Quick Facts : Landscape Architects*
2010 Median Pay$62,090
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201221,600
Job Outlook16% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change3,500

Landscape architects plan and design land areas for parks, recreational facilities, highways, airports, and other properties. Projects include subdivisions and commercial, industrial, and residential sites. They must be able to ask questions to understand the needs of a client.

What Landscape Architects Do

  • Confer with clients, engineers, and building architects to understand a project
  • Prepare site plans, specifications, and cost estimates
  • Inspect landscape work to ensure that it adheres to original plans
  • Approve the quality of work that others do
  • Seek new work through marketing or by giving presentations

Work Environment

Landscape architects spend most of their time in comfortable offices. The remainder of their time is spent at jobsites. Most work full time, and many work more than 50 hours per week.
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Job Outlook

Employment of landscape architects is projected to grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020 as land costs rising and the public?s desire for more beautiful and functional spaces, good site planning and landscape design is expected to grow.
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The averages salary of landscape architects was $62,090 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Landscape Architects

Every state requires landscape architects to be licensed. Requirements vary among states, but usually include a degree in landscape architecture from an accredited school, work experience, and a passing score on the Landscape Architect Registration Exam.
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