What kind of education is required to be a landscape architect?
|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%*|
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.
- The BLS Data. As of May 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, architects earn a median annual wage of $76,930 per year ($36.99 per hour). Well that was easy enough. So there is your answer.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- How long does it take to get a graduate degree in Horticulture? Students typically complete Master's degrees in two or sometimes three years. Ph.D. students should expect to spend three years at a minimum to complete their degree.
- The national average salary for a Landscape Architect is $61,396 in United States.
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Recommended Education Fine arts degree Job Outlook (2014-2024)* 2% for craft and fine artists Median Salary (2015)* $46,460 for fine artists, including painters, sculptors and illustrators
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.
- PayScale reports the average salary for a landscape manager is $44,525. The average salary for an account manager in the landscape industry is $50,103. Meanwhile, a small business owner/operator makes an average of $59,243, according to PayScale data. Salaries range from $25,302 to $147,577.
- 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,
- Master Gardener programs (also known as Extension Master Gardener Programs) are volunteer programs that train individuals in the science and art of gardening. These individuals pass on the information they learned during their training, as volunteers who advise and educate the public on gardening and horticulture.
Updated: 28th November 2019