Being able to manage projects, solve problems and work creatively makes you attractive to a wide range of employers
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Amenity horticulturist
- Commercial horticulturist
- Horticultural consultant
- Horticultural therapist
- Landscape architect
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Environmental consultant
- Environmental education officer
- Field trials officer
- Interior and spatial designer
- Nature conservation officer
- Planning and development surveyor
- Plant breeder/geneticist
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
Try to make use of any placement opportunities your university offers within the landscape and garden design sector. Some universities offer an optional placement year abroad and some encourage students to enter student design competitions, which provide the opportunity to work on show gardens at high-profile events.
Part-time work and/or voluntary work is also useful. While many such opportunities help you develop important employability skills such as teamwork and communication, try to get experience relevant to landscape and garden design, such as working as a landscape assistant. Opportunities exist with charitable organisations, as well as with commercial nurseries, organic producers, public and privately owned gardens, parks, local community organisations and garden centres.
Membership of organisations such as the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) or The Landscape Institute (LI) is also useful for building up a network of contacts who may be able to advise on work experience opportunities or setting up your own business.
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These include local authorities, nurseries, garden centres, publicly and privately owned gardens, commercial landscaping companies, private landscape architectural practices and consultancies, and government advisory and heritage agencies. Opportunities also exist with voluntary organisations, public sector bodies such as the Forestry Commission, and large engineering and construction firms.
Some graduates go on to set up their own gardening, landscape design or landscape architecture business. After developing your expertise and building a reputation, you may choose to be employed or self-employed as a consultant.
Skills for your CV
Studying landscape and garden design provides you with a mix of creative skills and practical horticultural techniques that underpin garden design. In addition to gaining plant knowledge, design skills and an understanding of the theories behind landscape architecture, you also develop a range of skills that are useful in many job sectors. These include:
- practical knowledge of construction and project management;
- media skills, both digital and non-digital methods, used to develop and express ideas;
- communication skills, through written, verbal and visual means to discuss theories, ideas, findings and solutions;
- presentation skills, in particular presenting ideas and visions to clients;
- self-management, with the ability to manage your time and to carry out personal reflection;
- teamwork, being carried out to achieve a common goal;
- attention to detail;
- IT skills in data handling, research and presentation of solutions.
Some landscape and garden design graduates go on to study landscape architecture at postgraduate level, undertaking a PgDip/MA Landscape Architecture accredited by The Landscape Institute, the chartered body for landscape architecture in the UK.
Others choose to undertake further study in areas such as landscape management or garden and landscape design, and other more specialist courses, such as landscape ecology, land reclamation and restoration, and urban design. A business course could be useful if you intend to start your own company.
What do landscape and garden design graduates do?
More than half of landscape and garden design graduates in employment in the UK are working as landscape architects/designers six months after graduation.
|Working and studying||4.9|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Gardeners and landscape gardeners||14.4|
|Technicians and other professionals||9.4|
|Retail, catering and bar work||6.8|
Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.