Landscape Architects plan and design land areas for projects such as open space networks, parks, schools, institutions, roads, external areas for all building types, land subdivisions, and commercial, industrial and residential sites.

    You usually need a bachelor degree in landscape architecture to work as a Landscape Architect. In some states, training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • Consults with professionals and clients about external area designs, costs and construction.
    • Compiles and analyses site and community data about geographical and ecological features, landforms, soils, vegetation, site hydrology, visual characteristics and human-made structures, to formulate land use and development recommendations, and for preparing environmental impact statements.
    • Prepares reports, site plans, working drawings, specifications and cost estimates for land development, shows location and details of proposals, including ground modelling, structures, vegetation and access.
    • Inspects construction work in progress to ensure compliance with plans, specifications and quality standards.

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    All Architects and Landscape Architects

    • $1,674 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Landscape Architects

    • 3,000 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 73% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 39 years Average age
    • 47% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Landscape Architects (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:
    from 2,900 in 2011 to 3,000 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Landscape Architects work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Construction; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (73%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 47% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services65.1
    Construction19.4
    Public Administration and Safety10.9
    Arts and Recreation Services0.9
    Other Industries3.7

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateLandscape ArchitectsAll Jobs Average
    NSW32.631.6
    VIC30.625.6
    QLD17.320.0
    SA5.87.0
    WA10.710.8
    TAS0.72.0
    NT0.41.0
    ACT1.81.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketLandscape ArchitectsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.4-5.05.0
    20-245.5-9.39.3
    25-3430.8-22.922.9
    35-4428.5-22.022.0
    45-5420.1-21.621.6
    55-597.4-9.09.0
    60-644.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.1-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationLandscape ArchitectsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate26.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree52.7-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV5.0-21.121.1
    Year 124.0-18.118.1
    Year 110.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.7-12.512.5

    You usually need a bachelor degree in landscape architecture to work as a Landscape Architect. In some states, training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Membership with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects may be useful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • driver's licence

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for Architects and Landscape Architects who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Design

      85% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      70% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    3. Building and Construction

      68% Skill level

      Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

    4. English Language

      67% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    5. Engineering and Technology

      64% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

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    1. Telephone

      99% Important

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    2. Electronic Mail

      98% Important

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    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      91% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      88% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    5. Contact With Others

      86% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

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