Landscape Architect at a Glance

Projected Job Growth

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  • 2023

Average Salary for Landscape Architect

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Best States for Landscape Architect

  Employment
in 2011
Average
Annual Salary
Average
Hourly Pay
Maryland 810 $70,270 $34
Oregon 390 $61,100 $29
Hawaii 210 $0 N/A

Becoming a Landscape Architect

Every state requires landscape architects to be licensed. Licensure typically requires the candidate hold a bachelor's or master's degree in landscape architecture from an accredited school. The Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB), part of the American Society of Landscape Architects, has accredited landscape architecture degree programs offered by over 60 U.S. universities. Candidates for licensure must also have one to four years of work experience and pass the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE).

Highly ranked schools offering bachelor's and master's degree in landscape architecture include Ohio State University, Texas A&M University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and the University of Michigan. At present, very few online degree programs in landscape architecture exist. The for-profit Academy of Art University (AAU) offers an online associate's, bachelor's, and master's in landscape architecture. However, these degree programs are not accredited by the LAAB.

Landscape architecture degree programs will include courses in design and graphic arts, computer and technical applications, as well as science and math. A sampling of classes you may take in a landscape architecture degree program include:

  • Landscape Design
  • Landscape Theory
  • Landscape Construction
  • Geographic Information System Application in Resource Management

Landscape architects who meet national requirements can obtain certification from the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards. This certification can help in getting one state to accept an landscape architecture license from another state. Landscape architects employed by the federal government do not need to be licensed.