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What Does it Take to Be a Landscape Architect?

Landscape Architect Job Description 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.

List of Landscape Architect Job Duties

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Confer with clients, engineering personnel, or architects on landscape projects.
  • Research latest products, technology, or design trends to stay current in the field.
  • Integrate existing land features or landscaping into designs.
  • Prepare site plans, specifications, or cost estimates for land development.

What a Landscape Architect Should Know

When polled, Landscape Architects say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

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.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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

Time Management: Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Types of Landscape Architect Jobs

  • Sustainable Landscape Architect
  • Indoor Landscape Architect
  • Environmental Planner
  • Landscape Architect and Planner
  • Outdoor Landscape Architect

Landscape Architect Job Outlook

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 24,700 jobs in the United States for Landscape Architect. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 6.5% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 1,600 new jobs for Landscape Architect by 2026. The BLS estimates 1,900 yearly job openings in this field.


The states with the most job growth for Landscape Architect are Alaska, Idaho, and Utah. Watch out if you plan on working in Nevada, Montana, or District of Columbia. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Landscape Architect

The average yearly salary of a Landscape Architect ranges between $40,710 and $113,340.


Landscape Architects who work in District of Columbia, California, or Connecticut, make the highest salaries.

How much do Landscape Architects make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $66,030
Arizona $68,520
Arkansas $65,200
California $89,570
Colorado $70,640
Connecticut $87,660
District of Columbia $100,690
Florida $66,830
Georgia $68,250
Hawaii $75,300
Idaho $61,430
Illinois $71,760
Indiana $56,830
Iowa $58,600
Kansas $65,340
Kentucky $60,710
Louisiana $49,270
Maine $75,240
Maryland $73,880
Massachusetts $75,360
Minnesota $76,210
Mississippi $75,120
Missouri $76,740
Montana $60,220
Nebraska $58,450
Nevada $74,430
New Jersey $76,460
New Mexico $53,910
New York $82,510
North Carolina $78,610
North Dakota $62,830
Ohio $63,970
Oklahoma $52,790
Oregon $59,200
Pennsylvania $66,470
South Carolina $58,970
South Dakota $69,280
Tennessee $70,560
Texas $69,630
Utah $70,990
Vermont $60,910
Virginia $85,880
Washington $68,400
West Virginia $55,370
Wisconsin $58,380
Wyoming $79,650

Tools & Technologies Used by Landscape Architects

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Landscape Architects may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Project
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Bentley Microstation
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Trimble SketchUp Pro
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Desktop publishing software
  • Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite

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