Landscape Architect

A landscape architect plans and designs land areas for parks, recreational facilities, highways, airports and other properties.  Projects might include commercial, urban, residential and industrial sites.  Other job activities include planning where to plant trees, shrubs and flowers, preparing graphic representations and drawings, prepare site plans and cost estimates, analyze environmental impact on sites, work to restore wetlands, stream areas, mining areas, etc.  They work for both private and governmental agencies and companies.

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How to begin your career path at Jefferson:

Although Jefferson Community College does not offer a degree in this area, students can begin their studies here by completing some general education courses in English, humanities, science, math, social science, computer applications, art, etc.  In New York State, landscape architects usually need to have obtained a Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture (BLA), which in many cases is a 5-year course of study.  It is recommended students applying to such programs have a portfolio to present as part of the admissions process.  If a student wishes to transfer into a BLA program, it is recommended they do so after no more than one or two years of college course work.  Check with individual colleges on admissions/transfer requirements.  Most states also require licensure for this profession and in NYS, one must complete a 3-year internship in the field prior to sitting for the exam.  Students should work closely with their faculty advisor and transfer/career counselors regarding their future plans.  An example of bachelor’s and graduate degree programs can be found at this web site: SUNY-ESF: Department of Landscape Architecture.

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