- design skills and knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- knowledge of building and construction
- customer service skills
- knowledge of English language
- maths knowledge
- the ability to use your initiative
- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your day-to-day duties might include:
- meeting with clients to discuss their needs
- surveying sites to look at existing plant and animal life, and natural resources
- getting the views of local residents, businesses and other people who use the site
- using CAD packages to draw up ideas for clients to choose from
- presenting your design ideas to clients
- drawing up contracts and managing the tendering process for contractors
- writing reports and environmental impact assessments
- giving evidence to public enquiries
- monitoring the progress of projects
You may need to wear protective clothing.
You could work at a client's business or at a client's home.
Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers and you'll travel often.
With experience, you could move on to a supervisory or management position, become a partner in a private practice, or set up your own practice.
You could also take a teaching qualification and become a lecturer in landscape architecture at a university.
You'll find out more about how to train as a landscape architect from the Landscape Institute.Data from National Careers Service.