What does a Landscape Architect do?

As a Landscape Architect you will create landscapes, plan and design based on client. You will collaborate with other professionals on a wide range of project from parks, gardens, housing and industrial complexes and individual homes. You will use GIS, CAD and other design applications to create aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sounds plans.

You could be an ideal candidate if you have a master's degree in landscape architecture and hold a license as required by the state with 3 years of experience in a similar role. You must be creative and resourceful to fulfill customer needs and be highly skilled in presenting proposed plans.

What responsibilities are common for Landscape Architect jobs?
  • Apply marketing skills to develop clients
  • Meet with clients, builders, engineers and landscapers to explain project goals
  • Prepare site plans, specifications and estimates
  • Use CAD to develop graphic representation of project
  • Develop vendor relationships to achieve pricing goals
  • Select materials based on client desire, budget and climate parameters
  • Conduct on-site inspections to assure adherence to final plan
  • Research and analyze environmental reports on land conditions
What are the typical qualifications for Landscape Architect jobs?
  • Bachelor's degree in landscape architecture, required
  • Licensed as required by the state
  • Must be creative and resourceful to fulfill customer needs within budget and climate parameters
  • 3+ years of experience in a similar role
  • Experience with CAD
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient with computer aided design and drafting
  • Familiarity with GIS
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Landscape Architect make?

Confident
$77,073 /yr
Total Pay
$54,060
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$23,012
 /yr

Additional Pay

$77,073

 / yr
$37K$179K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Landscape Architect Career Path

Learn how to become a Landscape Architect, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Landscape Architect
$77,073/yr
L3
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
17%
2 - 4
42%
5 - 7
20%
8+
21%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Landscape Architect Insights

Read what Landscape Architect professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Spiezle Architectural GroupSpiezle Architectural Group
Senior Landscape Designer
Jun 8, 2021

“It was a great way to end the year and get ready for another year of projects.”

Exterior Design Landscape
Landscape Designer
Feb 26, 2021

“There is a lot of opportunity for upward mobility if you have a good work ethic and know your job.”

HASSELLHASSELL
Landscape Architect
Feb 2, 2021

“Good projects and a nice team”

State of UtahState of Utah
Landscape Architect
Mar 16, 2021

“Great work and life balance”

Southwestern College (California)Southwestern College (California)
Landscape Architect
Jan 15, 2021

“Freedom to develop relevant curriculum and good administrative support.”

Concertus Design and Property ConsultantsConcertus Design and Property Consultants
Assistant Landscape Architect
Jan 11, 2022

“Wide range of projects and plenty of opportunity for career development.”

Studio OutsideStudio Outside
Landscape Architect
Mar 22, 2020

“Good company to learn and grow your career.”

San Antonio River AuthoritySan Antonio River Authority
Senior Landscape Architect
Oct 30, 2020

“Great people and projects.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Landscape Architect

When working as a Landscape Architect, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, Rendering, Indesign, and Arcview.

The most similar professions to Landscape Architect are:
  • Project Architect
  • Architectural Designer
  • Architect
  • Architectural Drafter

The most common qualifications to become a Landscape Architect include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

Related Careers

Project Architect
$108,784
38% skills overlap
Architectural Designer
$92,103
38% skills overlap
Architect
$107,259
No skills overlap
Architectural Drafter
$86,286
13% skills overlap

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