In a typical work setting, landscape architects:
- Have a medium level of social contact. They work closely with clients, experts, and office staff but also work alone developing plans.
- Communicate by telephone, in person, letters, and e-mails on a daily basis.
- Are responsible for the results of work done by others. Clients also expect project outcomes to be to their satisfaction.
- Are moderately responsible for landscaping workers' health and safety.
- [ More ]
- Often work as a group or as part of a team.
Physical Work Conditions
- Work both indoors and outdoors, but are more likely to work indoors. Some indoor sites may not have air conditioning.
- Often travel to work sites in a company car, van, or truck.
- Must be exact in their work. Errors could cost clients money.
- Make decisions that strongly impact their employer. Many companies rely on reputation and word-of-mouth to attract new clients.
- Make decisions that affect workers and clients on a daily basis. They rarely consult a supervisor before deciding a course of action.
- Almost always set their daily tasks and priorities without consulting a supervisor first.
- [ More ]
- Work in a highly competitive environment. Their work is always on display to the public, and can affect their company's reputation.
- Abide by strict daily deadlines.
- Often repeat the same tasks.
- Usually work regular hours during the off season. During warm weather, they often work overtime to meet project deadlines.
- Usually work 40 hours per week.
- May work evenings or weekends to meet with clients.
- May travel to sites outside the local area. This is more likely if they work for large firms.