8 outdoor jobs to escape from the office

Landscape architect jobs wherever it's green
Landscape architect jobs wherever it's green © Anne Kitzman/
  • Median annual pay: $62,090
  • Job growth: 16 percent

Projected by the BLS to grow at a rate of 16 percent from 2010 to 2020, landscape architects are in the business of designing green spaces for both the private and public sectors.

If you're looking to land a job in the public sector designing spaces in parks, or around highways or governmental buildings, expect a lot of competition. According to Beckner, those jobs have taken a hit with cuts in government budgets. Most of these outdoor jobs have been coming from the private sector in the design of green spaces for office buildings, parking lots or residential homes.

Landscape architects can make on average $50,000 to $80,000 per year, depending on their experience, and can either work for a landscape architecture firm or a mom and pop shop, or work for themselves, Beckner says. The BLS put their median pay at $62,090 per year, or $29.85 per hour, in 2010.


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