Landscape architects plan the locations of buildings, roads and walkways. They also plan where to plant flowers, shrubs and trees. Landscape architects design and plan the restoration of natural places disturbed by humans, such as wetlands, stream corridors, and mined areas. Many landscape architects specialize in a particular area, such as beautifying or otherwise improving streets and highways, waterfronts, parks and playgrounds, or shopping centers.
Increasingly, landscape architects work in environmental remediation, such as preserving and restoring wetlands or managing storm-water runoff in new developments. They also increasingly play a role in preserving and restoring historic landscapes. Landscape architects who work for government agencies do design sites and landscapes for government buildings, parks and other public lands, as well as plan for landscapes and recreation areas in national parks and forests. In addition, they prepare environmental impact statements and studies on environmental issues, such as planning for use of public lands.TCC programs that are right for you:Workforce Development's Florida Green Academy
Landscape architects spend most of their time in offices, creating plans and designs, preparing models and cost estimates, doing research, and attending meetings with clients and other professionals involved in designing or planning a project. They spend the rest of their work time at jobsites. Most work full-time, and many work more than 50 hours per week. Working evenings and weekends is often necessary to meet deadlines.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of landscape architects is projected to grow 16 percent between 2010 and 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Planning and development of new construction and redevelopment of existing buildings will drive employment growth. With land costs rising and the public’s desire for more beautiful and functional spaces, the importance of good site planning and landscape design is expected to grow. In addition, environmental concerns and increased demand for sustainably designed construction projects will spur demand for the services of landscape architects. For example, landscape architects are involved in the design of green roofs, which are covered with some form of vegetation and can significantly reduce air and water pollution and the costs of heating and cooling a building.
Career information courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.