Landscape Architects

(NOC 2152)

in All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Landscape architects conceptualize landscape designs, develop contract documents and oversee the construction of landscape development for commercial projects, office complexes, parks, golf courses and residential development. They are employed by government environmental and development agencies, landscape consulting firms, and by architectural and engineering firms, or they are self-employed.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 3095 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Landscape Architects most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$39,130

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Hourly Pay

$17.69

Minimum

$31.35

Median

$47.18

Maximum

Annual Pay

$13,568

Minimum

$60,422

Median

$107,009

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Landscape architects conceptualize landscape designs, develop contract documents and oversee the construction of landscape development for commercial projects, office complexes, parks, golf courses and residential development. They are employed by government environmental and development agencies, landscape consulting firms, and by architectural and engineering firms, or they are self-employed.

Job duties

Landscape architects perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Confer with clients to determine design needs.
  • Survey and assess designated sites and develop designs taking into consideration landscape features, buildings, climate, future usage and other aspects.
  • Prepare or oversee the preparation of detailed drawings for sites, including features such as trees, shrubs, gardens, lighting, walkways, patios, decks, benches, fences, retaining walls and fountains.
  • Prepare or oversee preparation of site plans, reports, sketches, models, photographs, maps, land use studies and design plans.
  • Estimate costs, prepare specifications and evaluate tenders for landscape construction projects.
  • Conduct environmental design studies, including environmental assessment, planning and the preservation and re-creation of historical sites.
  • Conduct community and neighbourhood physical planning studies, participate in multidisciplinary urban design studies, and prepare design guidelines.
  • May manage and supervise landscape construction work.

Sample job titles

  • landscape architect
  • landscape planner

Skills

A good imagination and powers of visualization are necessary. You should enjoy detailed and precise work and be able to solve problems with creativity and originality. The ability to communicate and cooperate with others is important.

Job requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in landscape architecture is required.
  • A master's degree in landscape architecture may be required.
  • Membership in the Atlantic Provinces Association of Landscape Architects may be required.
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is offered by the Canada Green Building Council and may be required by some employers.

Other considerations

None

By the numbers

Quick look

< 50

employed in 2016

80.0%

employed full-time

50.0%

self employed

40.0%
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60%
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50.2

median age

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

25,875

employed in 2016

93.6%

employed full-time

6.9%

self employed

20.0%
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80%
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42.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

60.0%

Halifax

40.0%

Northern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

100.0%

Other Industries

Top levels of education

40.0%

Bachelor's degree

$46,071 median annual income
40.0%

Doctorate

N/A

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

33.7%

College certificate or diploma

$52,476 median annual income
29.7%

Bachelor's degree

$58,011 median annual income
12.1%

High school

$35,125 median annual income
9.7%

Master's degree

$37,706 median annual income
6.8%

Trades certificate

$54,923 median annual income

Education & training

City/urban, community and regional planning

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply principles of planning, analysis, and architecture to the development and improvement of urban areas and surrounding regions, and to function as professional planners. These programs include courses in principles of architecture; master plan development; service, communications, and transportation systems design; community and commercial development; zoning; land use planning; applied economics; policy analysis; applicable laws and regulations; and professional responsibilities and managerial duties.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Landscape architecture (BSc, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

This program is typically offered at the university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of landscape architecture and research in various aspects of the field. These programs include courses in geology and hydrology; soils, groundcovers, and horticultural elements; project and site planning; landscape design, history, and theory; environmental design; applicable laws and regulations; and professional responsibilities and standards.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

PO Box 550

Truro, NS B2N 5E3

(902) 893-6600

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Atlantic Provinces Association of Landscape Architects
PO Box 653, Halifax CRO
Halifax, NS B3J 2T3
Canadian Society of Landscape Architects
PO Box 13594
Ottawa, ON K2K 1X6
Tel: (866) 781-9799
Fax: (866) 871-1419
Landscape Nova Scotia
44-201 Brownlow Avenue
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1W2
Tel: (902) 463-0519

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