Profile of the Landscape Architect Career Choice

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A love for the outdoors is an essential requirement for the Landscape Architect career choice. Designing areas to be functional as well as beautiful is the basis for seeking a BSLA � Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture degree or a BLA � Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree.

The Duties of a Landscape Architect

The landscape architect will envision, plan, and create the perfect outdoor space for the project at hand. The first order of business will be to decide on the best design for the area being built. The next step will be to put the idea into a model for the client's perusal. Most architects use the computer for this phase of the project although some will build models for the reality they convey.

The planning of the project will include estimating the total cost. Once the approval is given for the project to proceed, there will be a host of duties the architect is responsible for until the project is complete. They consist of:
  • Consulting with various contractors, as the project becomes a reality.
  • Knowledge of plants and the types needed for the project.
  • Ensuring that the project is on schedule.
  • Making certain the plans are being followed to the letter.
  • Knowledge of codes and regulations for the area to ensure the design is feasible.
The landscape architect will be there from start to finish as his design comes to life. The more projects the architect has in his portfolio the better the chances are for being chosen for multi-million dollar projects.

Educational Requirements for the Landscape Architect

One of the major requirements for this profession is a BSLA or a BLA degree. Regulation of this profession is provided by the states in the U.S. One state, Vermont is the only one that does not require regulation. In addition licensing is granted only after the degree program has been completed, the architect has worked under the supervision of a licensed landscape architect from one to four years, and an examination has been taken and passed.

In order to be licensed the Landscape Architect Registration Examination is taken. This test is provided by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards. The test consists of two parts, multiple choice and graphic. Fifteen other states require an examination for the state to be taken.

In order to succeed in this field, the student will be required to master many skills. A prospective landscape architect must be proficient in the following subjects:
  • Geometry as well as other aspects of mathematics
  • Horticulture
  • Communication skills
  • Surveying
  • General management
  • CAD (computer aided design)
  • Construction
  • Geology
  • Ecology
Future Outlook for Landscape Architects

This profession is expected to grow faster than most other professions. The average pay for a landscape architect is $55,140. The salaries range from approximately $42,000 to $73,000. The highest earning could even be more than $95,000. Those who are just coming into this field can expect strong competition.
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