Landscape Architects

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Also known as:  Golf Course Architect, Golf Course Designer, Landscape Designer, Lanscape Architect

ABOUT LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT CAREERS

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It takes planning, engineering, government permits, money, and teamwork to erect a building. The same is true of parklands, golf courses, college campuses, public spaces, bike trails - even the verge of an expressway.

A landscape architect creates planned green space. To do so, he or she must ...
possess imagination, practical skills, and a thorough knowledge of ecology, plant, and soil science. That knowledge is usually gained through several years of college course work, leading to a master's degree in landscape design.

Most states require landscape architects to be licensed, and that license might not transfer to another state, so choosing where you want to live before you get started is important. So is a love of nature.

Landscape architects consider how a space is to be used and understand what kinds of natural ingredients - from grass to stone to falling water - will serve best. Over 40% of landscape architects are self-employed. Most have a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture and served an internship.

While some developers and individual homeowners employ landscape architects to create beautiful backyards, the steadiest income comes from developing land to complement corporate headquarters, shopping centers, and other large spaces.

Landscape architects also help with historic preservation, natural resource conservation, and reclamation of damaged areas. They use computer-aided designs, sketches, video simulations, and models to explain their ideas to clients and local governments. Then they must coordinate teams of workers and equipment within budget and time limitations.

The reward is seeing a landscape plan come to life - to watch it being enjoyed by the people for whom it was designed and by those just passing by and enjoying the view.

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Plan and design land areas for projects such as parks and other recreational facilities, airports, highways, hospitals, schools, land subdivisions, and commercial, industrial, and residential sites.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
MED
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
HIGH
Communication with others
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Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
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Physical demands
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Seek new work opportunities through marketing, writing proposals or giving presentations.
Prepare graphic representations or drawings of proposed plans or designs.
Inspect landscape work to ensure compliance with specifications, approve quality of materials and work, and advise client and construction personnel.
Compile and analyze data on conditions such as location, drainage, and location of structures for environmental reports and landscaping plans.
Confer with clients, engineering personnel, and architects on overall program.
Prepare site plans, specifications, and cost estimates for land development, coordinating arrangement of existing and proposed land features and structures.
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Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
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Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
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Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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