Landscape Architect

Creator & Entrepreneur

Potential salary $90,000

Landscape Architect

A Landscape Architect will design, plan, and create the outdoor spaces where people live and work. Beyond a visually impressive design, clients are becoming more concerned with environment sustainability and cost-effectiveness. Landscape architects could be enlisted to design anything from functional public parks to private gardens, playgrounds to private outdoor areas, or locations for walkways, trees and shrubbery within an environment. Working in a variety of locations, including an office for client meetings and proposals, to developing plans and construction details with cost estimates and schedules. They have an artistic flair and are brilliant at visualizing ideas, creating plans and researching the outdoor environment. Usually they will take a holistic view to encompass the design, planning, management, and stewardship of the land, in order to use art and science to create a balance between the needs and wants of people and the limitations of the environment. Ability to work in a team is important as they will often work alongside other architects, planners, ecologists, and engineers, on projects. Within landscape architecture, it is possible to specialize in design, management, science, planning or urban design. Some will develop more scientific expertise in areas such as trees, water mammals or soil, for example. Essentially, they combine artistic skills with knowledge of human activity and the natural environment – and can help to protect and conserve the environment. Employment of landscape architects is projected to grow 14 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

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