Landscape architecture is a growing, in-demand field with a range of exciting and rewarding career options. Our graduates are blending art, science, environmental awareness, and technology into influential projects shaping sites of the future and restoring outdated spaces into useful, relevant places to live, work, and play.

Careers for landscape architecture majors

Profession

Projected Job Growth
(2014-2024)

Median Annual Income
in U.S. 2015

More Information

Building Assessor +8% $51,900 Learn more.
Building Inspector +8% $57,300 Learn More
Construction Manager +5% $87,400 Learn more.
Drafter -3% $50,700 Learn more.
Environmental Designer +12% $84,600 Learn more.
Industrial Designer +2% $67,100 Learn more.
Landscape Architect +6% $63,800 Learn more.
Surveyor -2% $77,200 Learn more.
Urban or Regional Planner +6% $85,400 Learn more.

Common Careers

  • Landscape Architect
  • Golf Course Architect
  • Urban Designer
  • Urban Planning

Professional Outlook

With your professionally accredited degree in hand, you will have numerous employment/career opportunities in the following professional firms or public agencies and more:

  • design/build companies
  • larger multidisciplinary firms
  • local park departments
  • small to large landscape architecture firms
  • state natural resource offices
  • federal agencies like the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service
  • urban design and redevelopment firms and agencies
  • residential and commercial real estate developers, city planning commissions, and individual property owners also retain the services of landscape architects
  • town, city, or county government offices

As a landscape architect, you might find yourself in several different roles in the areas of research, program development, inventory and analysis of site elements, the preparation of design development studies, and the production of construction documents. 

Here’s a short list of typical projects that need the guidance of landscape architects, but you may also focus on community development, conservation and restoration of natural resources, reclamation of blighted areas, and preservation of historic landscapes. You may even be involved in wetland and farmland preservation, urban and rural forestry, river corridor management, small town revitalization, and energy resource development. The possibilities are endless!

  • botanical gardens
  • college campuses
  • commercial centers
  • golf courses
  • indoor environments
  • public parks and plazas
  • recreational corridors
  • residential developments
  • streetscapes and highway landscapes

Depending on the extent of a project, you may plan the entire arrangement of a site, including the building location, circulation, grading, storm water management, construction detailing, and planting.

As a professional in this field, you could work with or lead a team of professionals including architects, biologists, economists, engineers, geographers, hydrologists, planners, sociologists, scientists, artists, and more.