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Landscape Architects

Also called: Director of Landscape Architecture and Planning, Golf Course Architect, Land Planner, Landscape Architect

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Confer with clients, engineering personnel, or architects on landscape projects.
  • Prepare site plans, specifications, or cost estimates for land development.
  • Analyze data on conditions such as site location, drainage, or structure location for environmental reports or landscaping plans.


Engineering and Technology
  • design
  • building and construction
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service
  • management
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • understanding people's reactions


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • create new and original ideas
  • group things in different ways
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide


People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Innovation
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
Desktop publishing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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