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Landscape Architects Explain Career Path

Washington, D.C. – The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA, www.asla.org) is encouraging students and parents to “Discover Careers in Landscape Architecture” this month as part of National Landscape Architecture Month.

April 04, 2008

Washington, D.C. – The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA, www.asla.org) is encouraging students and parents to “Discover Careers in Landscape Architecture” this month as part of National Landscape Architecture Month. April encompasses Earth Day on April 22 and the birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted, founder of the American landscape architecture profession, on April 26. 

The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the number of jobs in landscape architecture to grow by over 16 percent during the next eight years. ASLA chapters across the country will host activities throughout the month of April, highlighting what landscape architects do and the broad range of careers available in the field.

Perry Howard, FASLA, president of ASLA, has launched an “Each One, Reach One” campaign, challenging each of the Society’s 18,200 members to reach out to at least one K-12 student during April to introduce them to careers in landscape architecture. 

A recent survey shows that the average landscape architecture student receives three job interviews during their final semester at school, resulting in two job offers. The starting salary for graduates with undergraduate degrees is $40,080 and $44,600 for those with graduate degrees. The annual salary and bonus for all landscape architects averages nearly $90,000, with experienced landscape architects and firm owners earning much more.

To learn more about landscape architecture or to find local events in your area, visit http://www.asla.org/lamonth/activities2008.html.

Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 18,200 members in 48 professional chapters and 68 student chapters. The Society’s mission is to lead, educate, and participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments.

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