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Landscape Architects

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NOC:2152
Occupation:Landscape Architects
Category:Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

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

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

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.

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Landscape Architects< 50N/AN/AN/A
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum:  N/A
Median: $39,130
Maximum:  N/A
Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology25,875Strong growth3,095Low
Minimum: $17.69
Median: $31.35
Maximum: $47.18
Minimum: $13,568
Median: $60,422
Maximum: $107,009
Landscape ArchitectsCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
Percent employed full-time80%94%
Percent self-employed0%7%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentLandscape ArchitectsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
SouthernN/Ax12%$30,581
Northern40%x16%$33,660
Cape BretonN/Ax13%$32,974
Halifax60%x47%$41,209
Annapolis ValleyN/Ax13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeLandscape ArchitectsCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
15-24xx
25-34x14%
35-44x33%
45-54x32%
55-64x18%
65+x4%
Median Age5043
GenderLandscape ArchitectsCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
Female40%20%
Male60%80%
EducationLandscape ArchitectsCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolxx0.7%$28,107
High schoolxx12.1%$35,125
Trades certificatexx6.8%$54,923
College certificate or diplomaxx33.7%$52,476
University certificate or diplomaxx3.7%$52,446
Bachelor's degree40.0%$46,07129.7%$58,011
University advanced certificate or diplomaxx2.0%$54,917
Master's degreex$52,0169.7%$37,706
Doctorate40.0%x1.7%$65,565
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx0.1%$57,566
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

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Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Atlantic Provinces Association of Landscape Architects
PO Box 653, Halifax CRO
Halifax, NS B3J 2T3
info@apala.ca
Canadian Society of Landscape Architects
PO Box 13594
Ottawa, ON K2K 1X6
Tel: (866) 781-9799
Fax: (866) 871-1419
info@csla.ca
Landscape Nova Scotia
44-201 Brownlow Avenue
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1W2
Tel: (902) 463-0519
info@landscapenovascotia.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:City/urban, community and regional planning
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
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.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Program Name:Landscape architecture (BSc, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the university level.
Program Description:
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.
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Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture
PO Box 550
Truro, NS B2N 5E3
(902) 893-6600
enrolment.services@dal.ca
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