If you are creative, artistic, and love plants, you should consider a career in landscape design. As a landscape designer, you will be creating climate and terrain appropriate designs that meet the needs of your client. During your career in this field, you will get the chance to work on many different types of projects. You may be contracted to work on private residences, public spaces, commercial developments, or cityscape gardens. However, regardless of where you are working or what you are working on, you will get to spend your time creating amazing outdoor living spaces.
Before you start a career in this field, you will need to meet the necessary educational requirements. You will have a few different options to choose from, depending on whether you want to become a designer, or pursue a degree in architecture. However, regardless of the degree you pursue, there are a few courses you may be required to take. You may be required to take courses in horticulture and agriculture to expand your knowledge on plants and their environments. Other classes you might take include surveying, genetics of plants, entomology, design, diseases that affect plants, and urban planning. You may also learn to use the latest computer technology to create your designs.
If you choose to pursue a degree in architecture, you will need to put aside three years in a university. While pursuing an architecture degree, you will not only take the previously mentioned courses, but also those in exterior lighting, architecture history, modeling and design, construction, engineering, geology, and plant and soil science. To increase your chances of being employed after graduation; you should consider an internship while you are pursuing your degree. Having an internship will provide you with the opportunity to apply what you learned in school on real world projects, give you valuable insight into how the industry functions, and allow you to network with possible future employers.
Useful resources for your job search after graduation includes job placement programs at your university, family and friends, your professors, and connections you have made at your internship. However, before starting your career, check to see if you need to fulfill any additional prerequisites. Most states require a license or permit, in addition to a degree, to practice landscape design. Check with your local branch of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers to see how you can proceed with this step. Once you have satisfied all of the qualifications of becoming a landscape designer or architect, you can start your career!