There are many professions within the world of landscaping, but the major and most frequently traversed include:
Groundskeeper. A gardener or groundskeeper will typically do whatever is required to uphold the perfection of their landscapes. It isn’t unheard of for a groundskeeper to mow or weed eat, but most will contract those jobs to local lawn maintenance or lawn care professionals. Groundskeepers and gardeners will perform landscaping duties minus any design work. If you are a groundskeeper, you may perform most of your work in a greenhouse or shed that stores your plants. An above adequate knowledge of horticulture and plant species is necessary for these positions.
Interior Landscaper. I’m sure you know the expression, ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’. Well, another equally important saying, for landscapers, is that trees don’t have to grow outdoors. Businesses, that control the care and maintenance of indoor plants, have the same chance to thrive as any outdoor landscaping business. Not to mention working in climate controlled environments. Consulting is frequent in this profession, as it is in most landscaping professions. You may need to give advice on what type of plant goes best with the interior layout, but mostly you will be in charge of the care and maintenance of the indoor plant life. You need to have an above adequate knowledge of plant species and the care that should be provided for them. A formal education in design or experience designing landscapes isn’t necessarily required, but being able to visualize what the finished outcome will look like is definitely a plus.
General Landscaper. A general landscaper is a catchall category. Like the groundskeeper or gardener, they will plant and maintain the outdoor/indoor landscape. Most general landscapers, however, will need to be licensed through their state. The licensing requirements vary by state, but a quick web search can tell you what is required for your location. Reasons for why licensing may be required can be if you install sprinkler systems, perform construction, and etc. So it’s best to check your state’s laws.
Landscape Architect and Designer. The landscape architect is the pinnacle of landscaping professions. This business route requires the most formal education as well as the most technical expertise. A list of day-to-day activities may include working alongside building architects, construction engineers, or environmental engineers. You are the lead landscaper in any work environment. Your meticulously designed landscapes transform indoor and outdoor environments. When new construction is commencing on either residential or commercial properties your input and designs are priceless. There are several specialties that you may want to concentrate on to develop the skills necessary to become the leader in your field. These specialties may include working with waterfront environments, preserving government controlled parks and wetlands, new residential construction, or commercial development.
Since a landscape architect is the most technical field in the landscaping world, you are sure to run into a multitude of education and/or state requirements. A quick search within the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the typical education that one must achieve to pursue this occupation is a Bachelor’s degree. However, with the additional certification and education requirements, landscape architects, in most cases, also make the most money. Those who own the companies or firms will in most cases make more than these figures, but according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published in December of 2015, the 2014 median pay was $64,570 a year or around $31.04 an hour.
The career routes within landscaping that are listed above are not the only ways to pursue a career in landscaping. You may want to become a horticulturist, which is someone who studies the growing and the creation of new and old plant species. There is quite a bit of education involved, which in turn may allow you to become a consultant or adviser in all things related to landscaping services. Also, if you are ready to venture into the world of landscaping, consider various lawn and landscape business solutions that can help your company succeed.
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