Washington, DC, April 1, 2008 —The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) encourages students and parents to “Discover Careers in Landscape Architecture” this April as part of National Landscape Architecture Month. The month encompasses Earth Day on April 22 and the birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted on April 26, founder of the American landscape architecture profession.
The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the number of jobs in landscape architecture to grow by over 16 percent during the next eight years. ASLA is working with Heisman Trophy winner, former NFL Pro-Bowl running back, and landscape architecture firm principal Eddie George, ASLA, to promote career opportunities to young people. ASLA chapters across the country will host activities throughout the month of April, highlighting what landscape architects do and the broad range of careers available in the field.
Perry Howard, FASLA, president of ASLA, has launched an “Each One, Reach One” campaign, challenging each of the Society’s 18,200 members to reach out to at least one K-12 student during April to introduce them to careers in landscape architecture.
A recent survey shows that the average landscape architecture student receives three job interviews during their final semester at school, resulting in two job offers. The starting salary for graduates with undergraduate degrees is $40,080 and with graduate degrees is $44,600. The annual salary and bonus for all landscape architects averages nearly $90,000, with experienced landscape architects and firm owners earning much more.
To learn more about landscape architecture or to find local events in your area, visit www.asla.org.