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Career and Education Opportunities for Landscape Architects in Santa Clara, California

If you want to be a landscape architect, the Santa Clara, California area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. About 4,400 people are currently employed as landscape architects in California. By 2016, this is expected to grow 11% to 4,900 people employed. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for landscape architects are expected to grow by about 19.7%. Landscape architects generally plan and design land areas for such projects as parks and other recreational facilities, airports, and commercial, industrial, and residential sites.

Income for landscape architects is about $32 hourly or $66,870 per year on average in California. Nationally, their income is about $28 per hour or $58,960 per year. Compared with people working in the overall category of Architecture, people working as landscape architects in California earn less. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Architecture nationally. Landscape architects work in a variety of jobs, including: golf course designer, environmental designer, and environmental planner.

The Santa Clara area is home to thirty-five schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Santa Clara where you can get a degree as a landscape architect. The most common level of education for landscape architects is a Bachelor's degree. You can expect to spend about four years training to become a landscape architect if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Landscape Architect

Landscape Architect video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, landscape architects plan and design land areas for such projects as parks and other recreational facilities, airports, and commercial, industrial, and residential sites.

Landscape architects talk with clients and architects on overall programs. They also ready site plans and cost estimates for land development, coordinating arrangement of existing and proposed land features and structures. Equally important, landscape architects have to seek new work opportunities through marketing, writing proposals or giving presentations. They are often called upon to inspect landscape work to insure adherence to specifications, approve quality of materials and work, and advise client and construction personnel. They are expected to ready graphic representations and drawings of proposed plans and designs. Finally, landscape architects compile and analyze data on conditions such as location and location of structures for environmental reports and landscaping plans.

Every day, landscape architects are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they read and understand documents and reports.

And finally, they sometimes have to talk with clients and architects on overall programs.

Like many other jobs, landscape architects must have exceptional integrity and be thorough and dependable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Santa Clara include:

  • Civil Engineer. Perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, water and sewage systems, and waste disposal units. Includes architectural, structural, and geo-technical engineers.
  • Health, Safety, and Environment Manager. Plan, implement, and coordinate safety programs, requiring application of engineering principles and technology, to prevent or correct unsafe environmental working conditions.
  • Materials Engineer. Evaluate materials and develop machinery and processes to manufacture materials for use in products that must meet specialized design and performance specifications. Develop new uses for known materials. Includes those working with composite materials or specializing in one type of material, such as graphite, metal and metal alloys, ceramics and glass, plastics and polymers, and naturally occurring materials.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Landscape Architect Training

West Valley College - Saratoga, CA

West Valley College, 14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070-5698. West Valley College is a large college located in Saratoga, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 10,585 students. West Valley College has less than one year, associate's degree, and two to four year programs in Landscape Architecture which graduated two, zero, and zero students respectively in 2008.

LICENSES

Landscape Architect, Licensed

Licensing agency: Department of Consumer Affairs
Address: Landscape Architects Technical Committee, 400 R Street, Suite 4000, Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 445-4954
Website: Department of Consumer Affairs Landscape Architects Technical Committee

LOCATION INFORMATION: Santa Clara, California

Santa Clara, California
Santa Clara, California photo by Coolcaesar

Santa Clara is located in Santa Clara County, California. It has a population of over 110,200, which has grown by 7.7% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Santa Clara, 158, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Santa Clara cost $196,500 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, forty-three new homes were constructed in Santa Clara, down from eighty-five the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Santa Clara are computer and electronic products, professional, scientific, and technical services, and educational services. For men, it is computer and electronic products, professional, scientific, and technical services, and construction. The average commute to work is about 22 minutes. More than 42.4% of Santa Clara residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 16.6%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Santa Clara is 10.9%, which is less than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of Santa Clara residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 43.2%, is less than both the national and state average. Peace Lutheran Church, Good News Community Church and Universal Church of the Master are some of the churches located in Santa Clara. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Muslim Estimate.

Santa Clara is home to the Santa Clara Unified School District Office and the Santa Clara Municipal Golf Course as well as Westwood Acres Park and Washington Park. Shopping centers in the area include Moonlite Shopping Center, Fairway Glen Shopping Center and Youth Shopping Center.