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Landscape Architecture

724 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
524 Master's Degrees Annually
#175 in Popularity
$99,320 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Landscape Architecture Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many landscape architecture graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 724
Master’s Degree 524
Graduate Certificate 20
Undergraduate Certificate 13
Associate’s Degree 3
Doctor’s Degree 3
Basic Certificate 1

What Landscape Architecture Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to landscape and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Landscape Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Landscape Majors

When studying landscape, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Abilities for Landscape Majors

As you progress with your landscape degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Landscape Architecture Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with landscape:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Architectural and Engineering Managers 5.5% $140,760
Architecture Professors 10.5% $86,980
Landscape Architects 6.5% $68,230

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture?

724 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
45% Percent Women
24% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 724 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture in 2018, making it rank #175 in popularity. Roughly 45% of the graduates are women, and 55% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of landscape majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Landscape Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 41
Black or African American 22
Hispanic or Latino 93
White 447
International Students 80
Other Races/Ethnicities 41

Geographic Diversity

Landscape appeals to people across the globe. About 11.0% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Taiwan
  • Canada

How Much Do Landscape Architecture Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in landscape was $44,350 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $42,675 (25th percentile) and $45,625 (75th percentile).

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We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to landscape so take that into consideration.

Salaries According to BLS

Landscape majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $73,160 to $148,970 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with landscape may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to landscape have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Some College Courses 1.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 55.9%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 5.7%
Master’s Degree 18.4%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 6.8%
Doctoral Degree 10.0%

Online Landscape Architecture Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 88 schools offered some type of landscape architecture program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 4 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 5 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 6 1
Bachelor’s Degree 5 0
Post-Baccalaureate 4 0
Master’s Degree 58 1
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Landscape Architecture Worth It?

The median salary for a landscape grad is $99,320 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 149% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,188,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to landscape.

Major Number of Grads
General Architecture 7,514
Architectural Sciences & Technology 3,804
Urban & Regional Planning 2,685
Environmental Design 702
Interior Architecture 574
Real Estate Development 370
Architecture (Other) 302
Architectural History 120

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