Landscape Design & Planning

About the Major

The Landscape Design and Planning major prepares you for many careers that are affiliated with the practice of landscape architecture. Additionally, students often follow their undergraduate degree with a Masters in Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.) which is the most direct route to become a licensed landscape architect. Read more about the major.

Common Entry Level Job Titles

  • Crew Supervisor
  • Design Assistant
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Crew Supervisor
  • Design Assistant
  • Environmental Scientist

Types of Employers

  • Garden centers and nurseries
  • Government agencies
  • Residential and commercial landscape firms
  • Natural resource management firms
  • Parks, sports and recreational facilities
  • Universities and colleges
  • Urban & regional planning organizations

Alumni Internship and Volunteer Contacts

Search for students' previously completed experiences related to this major (to get ideas- not to get a list of openings) at: z.umn.edu/experiencedatabase. Database is updated through Summer 2018 semester only.

Salary and Employment Statistics

See the employment and salary page for statistics on the most recent graduates and previous years.

Top Career Resources

Additional Resources

In addition to these resources we recommend the following strategies to locate more information about careers related to your major:

  • O*NET and Careerwise. These tools provide comprehensive information about a wide range of careers including typical duties, salaries, employment outlook, skills and interests.
  • Locate professional associations related to your major or career interests by conducting a Google Search on “(Name of major/career area/industry) professional associations.” Try these keywords: landscape, planning, design, sustainable, urban, natural resource, environment
  • Get involved in one of the many industry-related student groups on campus. These groups provide links to experiences, guest speakers, and discussion with like-minded students.
  • Study Abroad Information for Landscape Design and Planning