Landscape architects create outdoor areas that beautify and accent the buildings they surround. But they do more than design around buildings. They also create large open spaces, such as parks and golf courses, and help conserve and restore natural resources, such as forests.
Landscape architects make these outdoor spaces user-friendly, sustainable, and pleasing to the senses. To do so, they draw on their knowledge of design, construction, ecology, botany, horticulture (the study and practice of growing plants), and soil science.
Landscape architects design and create outdoor spaces using plants, trees, structures, and other natural and human-made elements.
Most states require landscape architects to be licensed. Before pursuing licensure, you’ll need to graduate from an accredited school and have some work experience.
Creative, interested in nature and ecology, and good at communicating your ideas to others.
To become licensed, you'll need to pass an exam given by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards and possibly take a state exam.