The profession of Landscape Architecture is concerned with the design, use, management and preservation of the land. Landscape Architects are needed wherever people use areas of land, large or small, public or private, for living, working, and recreation.
Landscape Architects participate in the development of neighborhoods, towns, cities and larger regions. They prepare plans for civic and community centers, housing projects, shopping centers, school and recreation facilities so as to assure that such large-scale projects take their proper place in the overall city plan. They plan the recreational development of national, state, county, metropolitan, and municipal parks.
They collaborate in the planning of highways and parkways to provide attractive as well as efficient means of traffic circulation. They plan the arrangement of home grounds and gardens to achieve harmony and unity between indoor and outdoor living space. Landscape architects are trained to create both pleasing and economical layouts for: airports; golf and country clubs; industrial and commercial developments; land subdivision; resorts and sports centers; waterfront, beach and swimming facilities; cemetaries; institutional developments such as fairs, military installations, hospitals, schools, colleges, and public buildings; botanical and zoological gardens; and historic sites and monuments.
Some of the job titles of recent graduates include Landscape Architectural Assistant, Assistant Planner, Designer/Drafter, Coastal Conservation and Development Analyst, Land Use Planner, and Irrigation Specialist. Many Landscape Architects are self-employed, while others are principals or associates with larger firms. Many others are in government positions with such agencies as the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service.
Recent surveys indicate continuing growth and demand in the environmental planning and design professions. Environmental concerns and legal and public pressure on communities to do comprehensive planning will contribute to this demand.