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Landscape architecture

There are many things that people don’t know about architecture. First when people hear the word architecture or when someone says he or she is an architect, they automatically think that this is a person who designs buildings. But there is more to architecture. There are structural engineers who focus on the base of a building, there are landscape architects who focus on the outside of a building, and there are others that focus on certain parts of a building. The area we are going to focus on is landscape architecture

To begin with, what landscape architects do is to prepare site plans, specifications, and cost estimates, and prepare graphic representations of plans using computer-aided design and drafting software to present their ideas. They inspect landscape project progress to ensure that it adheres to plan, this is called project management. One important thing that landscape architects know is “the goal of landscape architects are to enhance the natural beauty of a space and provide environmental benefits” (bureau of labor statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 edition, Landscape Architects), That is something I really love about landscape architects. They take a plot of land or the ground of a building of some sort, and they create a beautiful design to fill that space with trees, bushes or other natural wildlife.

It’s not always easy to become a landscape architect, the education side takes a while. You first need to acquire a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in landscape architecture. You then need to “work under the supervision of a licensed landscape architecture for the experience to count toward licensure” (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Landscape Architects), A prospective landscape architect needs to achieve a set number of hours to become a licensed architect. Before becoming licensed, you can work as a landscape architect but you are not able to stamp any of the creations that you make, you first need to become a licensed architect, a final step you will need to do is to take six tests, each test is different, one focuses on the structure of a building another focuses on color choice and there are other tests that help to make sure that the person who wants to become a landscape architect is prepared.

One of the subjects that people are also interested in is the income that landscape architects make. It varies on which state you are in, the industry you are in, and your experience.In September 2015, the entry level landscape architects earned $33,770 – $59,154. If you were mid-career, your earnings increased to $43,387 – $73,796 per year” ( As one can see the starting wage is not the best, but at least it isn’t the worst. When you look at the industry side, if you are working for a big firm you might not get paid as much as you would in a medium side firm. The locations are of the most importance, “California, New York, Texas, and Pennsylvania had the highest employment levels for landscape architects in May 2014. Mean salaries in these states ranged from $63,140 to $82,880 annually” ( those states are some that pay the best or at least they did in 2015.

Landscape architecture is an awesome field. There is clearly a lot of training involved in becoming a landscape architect and lots of test. The schooling may be a big requirement also, but overall, if you have a desire to achieve this degree, then it would be a good route, I have heard it said that by the time you become a (Landscape) architect, you could become a doctor. But overall if you love to plant and place trees, work with water and irrigation, and come up with ways to make things more environmentally safe, then this is a career for you to peruse.

bureau of labor statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 edition, Landscape Architects

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Landscape Architects

Keywords: career research, architecture, landscape

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