Landscape Architect

Career Overview

Landscape architecture is the design of outdoor public areas, golf courses, landmarks, and structures to achieve environmental, social-behavioral, or aesthetic outcomes. It involves the systematic investigation of existing social, ecological, and soil conditions and processes in the landscape.


A four-year bachelor's degree in landscape architecture is usually necessary to obtain this position. A higher degree (master's) in a related field, which may take an additional two-three years to earn, may be required by some employers.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$35,000 /yr
$61,000 /yr
$100,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math
  • Business
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Science - as much as possible, including psychology!
  • Photography
Work Environment

Typically, landscape architects are employed by architectural and engineering firms as well as landscaping companies, Architects spend much of their time in offices, where they develop plans, meet with clients, and consult with engineers and other architects. They also visit construction sites to prepare initial drawings and review the progress of projects to ensure that clients’ objectives are met.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada