Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 17-1012 Landscape Architects
Plan and design land areas for such projects as parks and other recreational facilities, airports, highways, hospitals, schools, land subdivisions, and commercial, industrial, and residential sites.
Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Tasks: Confer with clients, engineering personnel, and architects on overall program. Prepare site plans, specifications, and cost estimates for land development, coordinating arrangement of existing and proposed land features and structures. Seek new work opportunities through marketing, writing proposals or giving presentations. Inspect landscape work to ensure compliance with specifications, approve quality of materials and work, and advise client and construction personnel. Prepare graphic representations or drawings of proposed plans or designs. Compile and analyze data on conditions such as location, drainage, and location of structures for environmental reports and landscaping plans. 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. Create landscapes that minimize water consumption such as by incorporating drought-resistant grasses or indigenous plants. Design and integrate rainwater harvesting or gray and reclaimed water systems to conserve water into building or land designs. Identify and select appropriate sustainable materials for use in landscape designs, such as using recycled wood or recycled concrete boards for structural elements or recycled tires for playground bedding.
License: 1. Be at least 19 years of age. 2. Have either: a. A Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Landscape Architecture or a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. Must have a total of 6 years combined education and experience. b. Work experience of 8 years under a licensed landscape architect with no degree. 3. Pass a National examination. Original Certificate Fee: $50.00 Application Fee: $75.00 Annual License Fee (AL Residents): $100.00 Annual License Fee (Nonresidents): $150.00
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $21.95   Entry $45,648.00
Mean $32.72   Mean $68,073.00
Experience $38.12 Experience $79,291.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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