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Landscape Architects

Plan and design land areas for projects such as parks and other recreational facilities, airports, highways, hospitals, schools, land subdivisions, and commercial, industrial, and residential sites.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Prepare graphic representations or drawings of proposed plans or designs.
    • Confer with clients, engineering personnel, or architects on landscape projects.
    • Integrate existing land features or landscaping into designs.
    • Inspect landscape work to ensure compliance with specifications, evaluate quality of materials or work, or advise clients or construction personnel.
    • Analyze data on conditions such as site location, drainage, or structure location for environmental reports or landscaping plans.
    • Develop marketing materials, proposals, or presentations to generate new work opportunities.
    • Manage the work of subcontractors to ensure quality control.
    • Present project plans or designs to public stakeholders, such as government agencies or community groups.
    • Prepare site plans, specifications, or cost estimates for land development.
    • Create landscapes that minimize water consumption such as by incorporating drought-resistant grasses or indigenous plants.
    • Develop planting plans to help clients garden productively or to achieve particular aesthetic effects.
    • Collaborate with estimators to cost projects, create project plans, or coordinate bids from landscaping contractors.
    • Inspect proposed sites to identify structural elements of land areas or other important site information, such as soil condition, existing landscaping, or the proximity of water management facilities.
    • Collaborate with architects or related professionals on whole building design to maximize the aesthetic features of structures or surrounding land and to improve energy efficiency.
    • Prepare conceptual drawings, graphics, or other visual representations of land areas to show predicted growth or development of land areas over time.
    • Research latest products, technology, or design trends to stay current in the field.
    • Design and integrate rainwater harvesting or gray and reclaimed water systems to conserve water into building or land designs.
    • Provide follow-up consultations for clients to ensure landscape designs are maturing or developing as planned.
    • Identify and select appropriate sustainable materials for use in landscape designs, such as recycled wood or recycled concrete boards for structural elements or recycled tires for playground bedding.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Visualization

      The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

    Knowledge

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    • Building and Construction

      Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 54800/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 26.34/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 930
    • Yearly Projected Openings 70

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Artistic: People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Cooperation
    • Initiative

    Tools

    • Notebook computers
    • Global positioning system GPS receiver
    • Digital cameras
    • Digital camcorders or video cameras
    • Desktop computers

    Technology

    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Document management software
    • Desktop publishing software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software

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