Landscape Architecture

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There are lots of starting points for choosing a career and using your subject is just one of them. You are not restricted to the career ideas below and you may wish to consider additional factors which are important to you for your future career using our Understand yourself and your options section.

Remember too that the vast majority of graduate jobs are open to graduates of any subject and so your options are much broader than the examples given below.

Firstly, have a think about what ‘using your subject’ means to you and what you’re really looking for. Do you want to apply your subject-specific knowledge or skills to the real world? Or maybe you want to continue to practice and develop these skills? Maybe it’s a broader interest in your subject that you want to keep alive by working in a relevant type of organisation?

Using your subject can help provide you with some focus for your career research, but the broader your interests the more career options you will have open to you. Use our resources below to stimulate your thinking.

Generating career ideas with Landscape Architecture

Using the resources below you can start to create your own list of career ideas to research

  • Look at what alumni from your department have done using the DLHE data we collect and through the University of Sheffield alumni page on LinkedIn.
  • Search for and contact alumni in your subject through our Graduate case studies database.
  • Browse the career ideas for Landscape Architecture graduates on Prospects and TargetJobs but keep in mind that these are not a comprehensive list of all the careers related to your subject.
  • Brainstorm ideas and do some initial investigation to find out about research, organisations, start ups, government bodies and freelancers connected to your subject. Our Information resources - Occupations section is a good place to start.

Some career ideas for Landscape Architecture graduates

Urban designer

Develops ideas for the design of the environments people live and work in, ranging from entire towns to individual streets. As well as creative design skills, you’ll also need the ability to research and understand the physical and economic nature of a location and the needs of people using it.

A specific urban design qualification is not always necessary if you have a related qualification and/or relevant design and software skills.

Graphic designer

Designs the visual aspects of a wide variety of digital and printed products including websites, adverts, written publications, computer games, packaging and displays. Designers also create the visual branding of organisations, working on publicity and communications.

They work with other creative staff and clients to develop and agree creative concepts. Although formal graphic design training is not essential, you will need experience of using relevant design software.

Landscape manager

Specialises in planning, developing and maintaining open spaces such as nature conservation areas, woodlands, historic gardens and estates, parks, and residential developments. They use knowledge of the environment and nature to advise about the long-term maintenance and development of the landscape in their care.

Job titles may also include countryside officer, reserve managers, or rights of way officer. A postgraduate qualification in landscape management accredited by the Landscape Institute can be advantageous

Town planner

Manages and monitors the development of urban and rural environments, balancing the need for new developments with environmental and other considerations. Planners may work on proposals for new developments (e.g. residential, commercial or industrial), consider planning applications from developers, and manage the longer-term development of locations.

If you don’t have a relevant planning degree, it’s advantageous to study for an accredited master’s qualification.

Nature conservation officer

Protects and manages natural environments such as woodland, moorland, coastal areas, rivers and mountains. Part of the job includes the planning and implementation of policy to protect of the environment as well as to encourage use and understanding of the countryside.

Work experience, paid or voluntary, is essential, while some employers require a relevant Master’s degree so a postgraduate qualification can be helpful.

Environmental consultant

Advises a range of organisations about environmental issues, providing expertise and assessment services to manage, reduce or avoid negative effects on the environment. These can cover issues such as contamination, environmental impact, waste management, energy issues, environmental regulations and environmental management.

New entrants will usually have a relevant environmental postgraduate qualification, or work experience in an organisation related to the area they are interested in.

Environmental education officer

Develops people’s awareness of environmental issues and promotes sustainability and conservation by developing and delivering educational events with different groups. You would give talks and run activities with specific audiences (e.g. schools, community groups or members of the public) and may be involved in creating campaigns to raise awareness of environmental issues.

You may also train volunteers involved in practical conservation projects.

A relevant postgraduate course in an environmental discipline would be advantageous, while a postgraduate degree in education is only desirable for jobs focusing exclusively on schools.

Amenity horticulturist

Designs, manages and maintains different types of recreational areas such as public gardens, parks, planting areas, sports facilities, and cemeteries. The work requires management skills as well as technical skills and horticultural knowledge.

It is not necessary to hold a relevant degree but a range of relevant non-graduate qualifications in horticulture are available.

Commercial horticulturist / manager

Works in the production and supply of crops, plants and flowers to retailers and plant nurseries. This job involves the management of horticultural businesses and requires business skills as well as knowledge of horticulture and cultivation.

New entrants are likely to have qualifications in horticulture, although this does not have to be at degree level.

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