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Landscape Architectural Technologist

Landscape architectural technologists assist landscape architects, architects, engineers and other professional designers and planners in designing and developing outside and inside environments.

  • Avg. Salary $55,402.00
  • Avg. Wage $29.65
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook N/A
  • In Demand High
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

30%
30%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Landscape Architectural Technologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Landscape Designers and Landscape Architectural Technicians and Technologists
NOC code: 2225.4
OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to survey sites and to prepare drawings and sketches

METHODICAL

Interest in analyzing information to assess site data and prepare reports

DIRECTIVE

Interest in assisting landscape architects in designing landscaped environments

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation. 

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Oct 13, 2016

Landscape architectural technologists primarily are involved in the technical aspects of planning, designing and developing:

  • residential landscapes and private gardens
  • institutional and commercial properties
  • rehabilitation of naturalized areas 
  • public parks
  • storm water retention ponds
  • multi-family residential projects
  • new communities or subdivisions
  • resorts and entertainment facilities
  • interior courtyard spaces in residential, commercial and institutional buildings.

Duties vary from one position to another but, in general, landscape architectural technologists:

  • draft plans
  • prepare graphic presentation drawings and perspectives
  • prepare computer-assisted technical drawings
  • assist in compiling site analysis information
  • construct models
  • draft construction-drawing packages that include grading, planting, irrigation, layout and preparation details
  • estimate project costs
  • inspect construction
  • write contracts
  • assemble specifications
  • help select plant materials, hard surface materials, site furnishings, play equipment and outdoor lighting
  • consult with clients and assist in making presentations
  • provide graphics for marketing brochures and portfolios.

Initially, designs and plans are prepared by landscape architects and must be sketched and drafted for presentation to and approval by the client. Sometimes scale models are constructed to give the client a better picture of the proposed project.

Working Conditions
Updated Oct 13, 2016

Landscape architectural technologists work indoors in office environments and outdoors on construction sites. They usually work standard office hours but overtime may be required to meet project deadlines.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Oct 13, 2016

Landscape architectural technologists need the following characteristics:

  • good oral and written communication skills
  • creativity and problem solving skills
  • the ability to do precise work
  • good time management skills
  • an interest in computers and the development of natural and created environments
  • the ability to think three-dimensionally and visualize spatial relationships
  • sensitivity to the needs of people and their relationship with their environment
  • the ability to work independently and in a team environment.

They should enjoy using instruments and equipment to perform tasks requiring precision, analyzing information and taking a methodical approach to their work, and assisting landscape architects.

Educational Requirements
Updated Oct 13, 2016

Landscape architectural technologists need broad technical knowledge combined with an understanding of the aesthetic and functional aspects of natural and ornamental landscapes.

Program graduates may join the Alberta Association of Landscape Architects as Landscape Architectural Technology (LAT) members.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Oct 13, 2016

Landscape architectural technologists are employed by:

  • architectural and landscape architectural firms
  • parks and recreation offices
  • landscaping contractors and supply companies
  • irrigation design and building companies 
  • greenhouses and nurseries
  • golf course design companies.

With additional education, experienced landscape architectural technologists may obtain certification in specific areas such as irrigation design or contract administration. Some experienced technologists establish their own businesses.

Landscape architectural technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2225: Landscape and Horticultural Technicians and Specialists. In Alberta, 84% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Oct 13, 2016
Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
NOC code: 2225

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
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  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $13.00 $47.57 $25.91 $24.70
Overall $13.00 $57.69 $29.65 $28.29
Top $17.00 $57.69 $33.21 $32.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Public Administration
Health Care & Social Assistance
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Information, Culture, Recreation
Business, Building and Other Support Services (aka Management, Administrative, and other Services)

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

30%
30%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

41%
41%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

12%
12%

2015 Vacancy Rate

N/A
Related High School Subjects
  • Fine Arts
    • Visual Arts
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Media, Design and Communication Arts
    • Design Studies
  • Natural Resources
    • Agriculture
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Oct 13, 2016

Alberta Association of Landscape Architects (AALA) website: www.aala.ab.ca

BuildForce Canada website: www.buildforce.ca

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) website: www.csla.ca

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Updated Nov 01, 2010. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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