Landscape architects plan, design and manage open spaces including both natural and built environments in rural and urban areas.
Who can I work for?
You can work for local authorities or private building and landscaping companies, right across the UK.
Where and when can I work?
Time is generally split between office and site visits. Much of your work will involve working outdoors in all weather conditions. Mostly you will work standard office hours, although the role can often involve early starts to get the best of daylight hours.
What can I earn?
The starting salary for a landscape architect is £20,000. With experience and with chartered status you can earn in excess of £45,000.
What are the benefits?
For experienced landscape architects in the private sector this job can be very lucrative. Those working in the public sector are entitled to other benefits such as an excellent pension.
Are there chances of promotion?
Experienced landscape architects often move into private practice to become a partner or even open their own business. You can also get chartered status to help enhance your career prospects.
What will I be responsible for?
Typical duties include overseeing the design of a variety of projects, carrying out environmental impact assessments, preparing and presenting detailed plans and working drawings, presenting proposals to clients, coordinating manufacturers and suppliers, making site visits and ensuring deadlines are met.
Do I need any experience?
Ideally you will have a degree in a relevant subject including garden design, landscape design and ecology, landscape planning or landscape management. Experience in a landscape-related field is also helpful.
What attributes are needed?
You will need to demonstrate good design and drawing skills plus excellent communication and project management abilities. Creativity, imagination and enthusiasm are also a must and you'll need to show a concern for the environment too.