How long do you have to go to school to be a landscape architect?
There are two undergraduate professional degrees: a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA). These usually require four or five years of study in design, construction techniques, art, history, natural and social sciences.
One in five landscape architects work more than a 50-hour work week, though many work the standard 40-hour work week. Long hours on nights and weekends are often mandatory in order to meet deadlines.
- Foremen (first-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service and groundskeeping workers) earned an average wage of $20.61 per hour, or $42,870 per year. Crew members (landscaping and groundskeeping workers) earned an average wage of $12.07 per hour, or $25,110 per year.
- Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Environmental consultant.
- Environmental education officer.
- Field trials officer.
- Interior and spatial designer.
- Nature conservation officer.
- Planning and development surveyor.
- Plant breeder/geneticist.
- Architects design all kinds of buildings. Before constructing a building, an architect needs to draw a plan of the building. Sometimes architects will make a cardboard or plastic model of the building. The building is then built by a construction company which follows the directions of the plans for the building.
|Required Education||Bachelor's or master's degree in landscape architecture|
|Other Requirements||State licensing required by most states; licensure requirements include completion of an internship and passing the Landscape Architect Registration Exam.|
|Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)||5%*|
- United States
- Academy of Art University.
- Auburn University (master's program only)
- Arizona State University (bachelor's and a new master's program)
- University of Arizona (master's program only)
- University of Arkansas (bachelor's program only)
- Ball State University.
- Boston Architectural College (BLA + MLA)
- A Security or Fire Alarm Systems Installer can receive an average wage that can range from 32000 - 48000 based on experience and talent. Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers get an average wage of Forty Thousand Seven Hundred dollars per year.
- Obtain the “Application for Original Contractor's License” from the Contractor's State Board office or by calling them. You can also download this application from the CSLB website. To get the Low Voltage License, you have to pass the Low Voltage Systems Examination along with the Law and Business Exam.
Statistics. Landscape designers made an average $66,520 per year, or $31.98 per hour, as of May 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the bottom 10 percent made less than a mean annual $37,620, or $18.08 an hour, while the best-paid 10 percent received $99,560 a year, or $47.87 per hour.
- The standard work week for landscapers is 40 hours (8 hours a day, 5 days a week). As with many careers in construction, there are peak periods that will require you to work overtime.
- Rates charged for gardening or landscaping work can vary from $10-$25 an hour for a day laborer to $20-$50 an hour or more for more skilled work by a gardener or landscaping company, and $50-$150 or more an hour for professional landscape design -- and there can be significant variations in price depending on location,
- Career Requirements. A high school diploma, associate's degree, bachelor's degree or certificate may be required for some jobs. Fields of study include horticulture, landscape design or a related field. Experience is preferred but not required.
Updated: 28th November 2019