CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Landscape Architects

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Architecture
Benchmark Title: Landscape Architects
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Plan and design land areas for projects such as parks and other recreational facilities, airports, highways, hospitals, schools, land subdivisions, and commercial, industrial, and residential sites. Prepare site plans, specifications, and cost estimates for land development, coordinating arrangement of existing and proposed land features and structures.
 
Confer with clients, engineering personnel, and architects on overall program.
 
Compile and analyze data on conditions such as location, drainage, and location of structures for environmental reports and landscaping plans.
 
Inspect landscape work to ensure compliance with specifications, approve quality of materials and work, and advise client and construction personnel.
 
Seek new work opportunities through marketing, writing proposals or giving presentations.
 
Prepare graphic representations and drawings of proposed plans and designs.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Architecture
Benchmark Title: Landscape Architects
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Fine Arts Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
 
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
History and Archeology Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Architecture
Benchmark Title: Landscape Architects
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Architecture
Benchmark Title: Landscape Architects
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Architecture
Benchmark Title: Landscape Architects
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign Desktop publishing software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Autodesk 3ds Max Video creation and editing software
 
Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D Computer aided design CAD software
 
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Bentley Microstation Computer aided design CAD software
 
Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Coyote Software DynaSCAPE Design Computer aided design CAD software
 
Desktop publishing software Desktop publishing software
 
ESRI ArcGIS software Map creation software
 
Google SketchUp software Computer aided design CAD software
 
McNeel Rhino software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
Computer scanners Scanners
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Digital camcorders Digital camcorders or video cameras
 
Digital cameras Digital cameras
 
Global positioning system GPS devices Global positioning system receivers
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Architecture
Benchmark Title: Landscape Architects
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
On-the-Job Training Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Architecture
Benchmark Title: Landscape Architects
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Designer
Environment Friendly Landscape Designer
Environmental Designer
Environmental Planner
Exterior Designer
Golf Course Architect
Golf Course Designer
Indoor Landscape Architect
Land Planner
Landscape Architect
Landscape Designer
Landscape Engineer
Outdoor Landscape Architect
Planner
Project Manager
Site Planner
Sustainable Landscape Architect
Urban Design Planner
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Architecture
Benchmark Title: Landscape Architects
 
 
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