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Landscape Architect

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Landscape Architect plans and designs outside spaces and land, including parks, private gardens, subdivisions, highways, and industrial sites. Uses architectural and design skills and knowledge of plants and trees; addresses land use issues; reviews the environmental impacts of construction projects.

Job Outlook

There were 320 Landscape Architect job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 6548 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Landscape Architect industry, which includes the Landscape Architect career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Landscape Architect jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $65,321.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $64,759.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Landscape Architect postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $55,314.

Education and Experience

Posted Landscape Architect jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree3.97%
Bachelor's Degree60.06%
Master's Degree26.07%
Doctoral Degree2.12%
Other3.54%

Posted Landscape Architect jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years38%
3 to 5 years44.86%
6 to 8 years8.76%
9+ years8.38%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Landscape Architect positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (30.97%)
  • Planning (27.41%)
  • Presentations (16.63%)
  • Sales (15%)
  • Microsoft Office (14.65%)
  • Management (13.74%)
  • Research (13.52%)
  • Writing (11.64%)
  • Microsoft Excel (11.48%)
  • Customer Service (10.83%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Landscape Architecture (63.21%)
  • Lumion (3D Rendering Software) (13.21%)
  • AutoCAD (41.16%)
  • SketchUp (3D Modeling Software) (38.03%)
  • Construction (24.42%)
  • Landscape Design (51.81%)
  • Project Management (29.05%)
  • Urban Design (11.27%)
  • Landscaping (35.83%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Construction Management (9.1%)
  • Adobe Illustrator (13.66%)
  • Geographic Information Systems (13.78%)
  • Irrigation (Landscaping And Agriculture) (8.87%)
  • Contract Management (1.46%)
  • Architectural Drawing (5.97%)
  • Computer-Aided Design (11.12%)
  • Land-Use Planning (7.59%)
  • Adobe Photoshop (22.7%)
  • Autodesk Revit (7.08%)
  • Horticulture (7.13%)
  • Engineering Design Process (2.83%)
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D (12.83%)
  • Grading (Landscape) (12.35%)
  • Rhinoceros 3D (8.31%)
  • Site Planning (9.37%)
  • Land Development (6.17%)
  • Rendering (8.34%)
  • Adobe Creative Suite (15.47%)
  • Adobe InDesign (15.6%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • ArcView (Software) (5.42%)
  • Site Analysis (6.68%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Lumion (3D Rendering Software) (58.09%)
  • Urban Design (49.56%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Landscape Architect skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Landscape Designer
  • Landscape Architecture Intern
  • Landscape Architectural Designer
  • Landscape Architect/Designer
  • Landscape Design Assistant
  • Project Landscape Architect
  • Park Planner
  • Landscape Professional
  • Landscape Designer/Estimator

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Landscape Architect jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Kimley-Horn (248)
  • GPAC (239)
  • Boston Society Of Landscape Architects (69)
  • Stantec (58)
  • Mcfarlin Stanford (58)
  • HNTB (57)
  • Actalent (54)
  • Colliers Engineering & Design (50)
  • AECOM (47)
  • Dewberry (41)

North Carolina

  • GPAC (14)
  • Dewberry (13)
  • Kimley-Horn (11)
  • Merrick & Company (10)
  • Mcadams (10)
  • Timmons Group (10)
  • Bland Landscaping Company (10)
  • Mcfarlin Stanford (9)
  • Bolton & Menk (9)
  • Bohler Engineering VA (7)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!