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Landscape Architecture

414 Master's Degrees Annually
0 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#160 in Popularity (Master's)
$99,320 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Landscape Architecture Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many landscape architecture graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 414
Graduate Certificate 18

What Landscape Architecture Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, landscape majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Landscape Majors

Landscape majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Landscape Majors

A major in landscape prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Abilities for Landscape Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a landscape student include the following:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Landscape Architecture Major?

People with a landscape degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Architectural and Engineering Managers 5.5% $140,760
Architecture Professors 10.5% $86,980
Landscape Architects 6.5% $68,230

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture?

414 Master's Degrees Annually
60% Percent Women
13% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major is dominated by women with about 60% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of landscape majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Landscape Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 12
Black or African American 11
Hispanic or Latino 24
White 185
International Students 165
Other Races/Ethnicities 17

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Landscape, too. About 39.9% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Taiwan
  • Canada

How Much Do Landscape Architecture Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in landscape was $53,600 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $50,250 (25th percentile) and $54,650 (75th percentile).

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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a landscape degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Landscape majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $73,160 to $148,970 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Landscape Architecture Major  ( 73160 to 148970 )
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Some degrees associated with landscape may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to landscape have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Some College Courses 1.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 55.9%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 5.7%
Master’s Degree 18.4%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 6.8%
Doctoral Degree 10.0%

Online Landscape Architecture Programs

In 2018-2019, 84 schools offered a landscape program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 3 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 6 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 6 1
Bachelor’s Degree 5 0
Post-Baccalaureate 3 0
Master’s Degree 54 1
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Landscape Architecture Worth It?

The median salary for a landscape grad is $99,320 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 149% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,188,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to landscape.

Major Number of Grads
General Architecture 6,145
Architectural Sciences & Technology 5,448
Urban & Regional Planning 2,729
Environmental Design 717
Interior Architecture 663
Real Estate Development 452
Architecture (Other) 268
Architectural History 154

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