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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

landscape majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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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

As a landscape major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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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?

Below is a list of occupations associated with landscape:

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*
The major attracts more women than men. About 60% of the recent graduates in this field are 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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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in landscape, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their 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 you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

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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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some careers associated with landscape require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. 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 the 2018-2019 academic year, 84 schools offered some type of landscape architecture program. 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
Architectural Sciences & Technology 2,827
General Architecture 1,951
Urban & Regional Planning 1,852
Real Estate Development 358
Interior Architecture 169
Environmental Design 109
Architecture (Other) 82
Architectural History 36

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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