Landscape Designer

Beautify spaces by planting greenery and erecting garden structures.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$37,000 – $102,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Landscape Designers do?

Though wildflower fields are beautiful, if nature is left to run wild on a patch of green space, it wouldn’t turn out exactly as the garden of your dreams. That’s why Landscape Designers are such a big help. As a Landscape Designer, you spend your days planning and wrestling nature to achieve a specific look that follows your client’s preferences.

Like the job of an Architect who builds houses, your job is all about planning. You plan where trees, walkways, and water should go, as well as what type of plants should be planted. You make your decisions as a Landscape Designer based on factors like where sunlight hits the yard, what type of soil you’re working with, what plants are native to the area, and of course, what your client wants.

This job is collaborative, so you need good communication skills. It starts when you first talk with your client. You need to clearly understand what they’re looking for, and then draw up a plan that clearly explains what you want to do.

Once you’re both in agreement, you pass your plans along to Construction Workers, other Architects, and Surveyors. These are the people who put your vision into action, and create the finished product.

You don’t just design backyards though. You can work on sports fields, college campuses, parks—pretty much any open space where people want greenery that looks good. And when you’re not creating models or designs, you take care of other tasks, like analyzing and drawing up budgets, researching different materials and soil types, and working with the computer program CADD.

Should I be a Landscape Designer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Landscape Engineer, Urban Design Planner

    How to become a Landscape Designer

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