February 4, 2008
What This Job Pays: landscape architect
Pay: The median expected salary in the Seattle area is $38,107 a year, with most making $32,906 to $42,026, according to salary.com.
Demand: Employment is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations through 2016. Opportunities may depend on geographic location and local real-estate and construction markets. Employment is expected to increase by 16 percent during the 2006-16 decade, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Employment will grow because the expertise of landscape architects will be sought after in the planning and development of new construction to meet the needs of a growing population.
Need to know: A bachelor's or master's degree in landscape architecture usually is necessary. There are two undergraduate professional degrees: a bachelor's in landscape architecture and a bachelor's of science in landscape. These usually require four or five years of study in design, construction techniques, art, history, natural and social sciences. The master's in landscape architecture typically takes three years of full-time study.
Most states require landscape architects to be licensed. Licensing is based on the Landscape Architect Registration Examination, sponsored by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards. Admission to the exam usually requires a degree from an accredited school plus one to four years of work experience.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics