Architects, Landscape


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Architects, Landscape

Architects, Landscape - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, landscape architects:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • 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.
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  • 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.

Work Performance

  • 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.
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  • 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.

Hours/Travel

  • 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.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.